Strikeforce Fan Experience Kicks Off Strikeforce Fight Week

Mixed Martial Arts comes to New York and New Jersey in a spectacular way next week beginning Tuesday with back-to-back major events in downtown Manhattan and culminating Saturday with a sensational fight card highlighted by the return of Fedor Emelianenko and the beginning of the eagerly anticipated STRIKEFORCE World Grand Prix — Heavyweight Tournament live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

A capsule look at the week’s events:

Tuesday, Feb. 8 – Open-to-the-public/media Fan Experience at New York’s Roseland Ballroom (239 W. 52nd Street just West of Broadway, NYC) from 4-6 p.m. (Doors open at 3:30), hosted by Scott Ferrall with special guest deejay, DJ Clue. All eight tournament entrants — Fedor, STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight World Champion Alistair Overeem, former heavyweight champions Antonio “Big Foot” Silva and Andrei Arlovski, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum, hard-hitting Brett Rogers, talented Josh Barnett and Russian star Sergei Kharitonov will participate.

Fans in attendance on Tuesday win free tickets, get autographs, photos, watch fighters work out and much more. Media are encouraged to attend. Please use the attached flyer if you wish.
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Kid Yamamoto: “I don’t have to worry about the heavy punches anymore”

By Tony Loiseleur

TOKYO — Ahead of his promotional debut against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 126 this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto — one of Japanese MMA’s biggest stars — serves as a reminder of Zuffa’s inexorable global dominance of the sport.

Japan’s shows are too much about entertainment. It’s not like the UFC, not like a sport. The UFC is like boxing style. They have a champion and rankings, but the biggest Japanese MMA shows on TV aren’t like that,” says Yamamoto. “It’s like they only do whatever they think will be best in the here and now. They don’t plan for the future.”

Yamamoto can attest to these critiques. While he will compete as a bantamweight stateside, he was positioned as a lightweight star during his run in K-1’s Hero’s brand, simply because that was where the promotion had the most talent. With the advent of Dream, promoters tried to base a 139-pound division — firmly between the legitimate bantamweight and featherweight divisions — around Yamamoto’s stature. After chasing the stardom and wealth of Japan’s fight scene, Yamamoto’s current venture into foreign waters comes as somewhat of a physical relief.


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Chael Sonnen works to get life, UFC career back on track

By Sergio Non

Super Bowl weekend should have been Chael Sonnen‘s moment in the Ultimate Fighting Championship spotlight.

Instead, middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva will face challenger Vitor Belfort on Saturday (10 p.m. ET, pay-per-view) in Las Vegas in the main event of UFC 126. But for a few weeks last summer, Feb. 5 had Sonnen marked as Silva’s opponent.

It would have been a rematch of their August fight at UFC 117 in Oakland, where Sonnen outclassed Silva for most of 4½ rounds.

Sonnen won most of the stand-up exchanges, took down Silva at will and chipped away at him on the mat.

With less than two minutes left in the fight, Sonnen looked well on his way to pulling off a stunning upset. But Silva suddenly slipped his legs around Sonnen’s neck and left shoulder for a triangle choke-armbar combination, and before the challenger even realized he was doing it, he had tapped once.

Despite the letdown at the end, UFC officials were impressed enough to grant Sonnen an immediate rematch at the promotion’s annual Super Bowl eve show. Then the test results came back from UFC 117.


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Watch UFC 126 on UFC.TV

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and NeuLion, Inc. (TSX:NLN), the leading service provider of live and on-demand international, sports and variety programming delivered via broadband, today announced a partnership to launch a brand new service for UFC® offering the most interactive, far-reaching digital experience yet.

The new online tool gives fans the ability to control audio and video feeds of UFC Pay-Per-View events, as well as other unique features such as quad view, picture-in-picture, video quality up to broadcast quality, live chat and live scoring by fans. The new UFC viewing experience will launch online on Feb. 5 at UFC.TV, just in time for the much-anticipated UFC® 126: SILVA vs. BELFORT card.

Prior to this official launch, UFC is giving its fans free access to this new experience by offering round one of the Frankie EdgarGray Maynard championship fight from UFC 125. In viewing round one of this historic fight, fans have the chance to watch the action from one of six video feeds, including four distinct camera angles. Additionally, fans can listen to one of four audio options, including different feeds from the red and blue corners. To view the free UFC experience, visit

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UFC 126 Open Workout – Pictures

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Bellator signs UFC vet Ben Saunders for non-tourney fights

Bellator Fighting Championships officials today announced the signing of former UFC fighter and “The Ultimate Fighter 6” cast member Ben Saunders (9-3-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC).

The 170-pounder won’t competed in Bellator’s eight-man season-four welterweight tournament but will fight during the upcoming season, which kicks off next month.

His fights surely will make the main cards of the events, which air live on MTV2.

“Ben Saunders is an exciting, powerful welterweight with explosive knockout power,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “Ben’s dangerous and always shows up to fight. I’m excited to see his first fight under the Bellator banner on MTV2 in April.”

No specific event or opponent have been determined for his promotional debut.


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Heavyweights Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne official for UFC 130

By MMAjunkie

Following the announcement of UFC 130’s pay-per-view main card, one bout is now official for the night’s preliminary card: heavyweight Stefan Struve (21-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Travis Browne (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC).

Officials today announced the May 28 card, “UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard 3,” during its “UFC Ultimate Insider” episode.

The Struve vs. Brown fight, which ( first reported this past month, now has been made official, as well.

UFC 130 takes place May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend.


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