Wrestler Claims Racial Profiling After Jaywalking Arrest

By TMZ

Shad Gaspard was arrested yesterday in Columbus, OH after what his wife claims was a jaywalking incident that turned into a case of racial profiling.

Shad’s wife Siliana tells TMZ her husband did not resist when a cop tried to bust him for jaywalking as he made his way to the Arnold Fitness EXPO. She says Shad got into a kneeling position to show he was not resisting … but the cops shoved his face into the dirt anyway.

Siliana tells us Shad told her he felt like he was “being profiled” and “treated like a n****r.”

Former UFC champ Josh Barnett, who was with Gaspard at the time, seemed to back up Shad’s version of events on his Twitter page, posting last night, “Shad Gaspard arrested because a Columbus officer abuses his authority. False jaywalking charge + attitude turns to handcuffs and tackling.”

According to law enforcement, Gaspard — who as part of the tag team Cryme Tyme once held the tag team title — was arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Calls to the Columbus PD were not returned.

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UPDATE: Josh had this to say tonight about this on twitter: “I was there and it was total BS, abuse of authority and EGO driven.”

Henderson Plans Quick Return, Vows Successful Title Defense

By Mike Whitman

It only took one punch. Then again, when Dan Henderson is throwing, it usually only takes one punch.

The former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder found a home for his infamous overhand right and lifted Strikeforce’s light heavyweight championship from Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in the main event of Saturday’s show at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

“I was excited for the fight and the chance to fight someone like ‘Feijao,’” the new champion told Sherdog.com following his title win. “I felt like the belt was just the cherry on top, and I love cherries.”

Though Henderson came out on top, the UFC veteran was forced to weather an early storm from Cavalcante. In the opening round, the Brazilian clipped “Hendo” with a straight right hand that sent the American reeling.

“I don’t know [how hurt I was]. Whether I’m hurt or not, I can never remember what I do to set things up half the time,” said Henderson. “He definitely knocked me down, but I felt like I had my wits about me the whole time. Luckily, I recovered fast, and he didn’t land any more shots.”

 

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Dan Henderson claims Strikeforce belt with vicious knockout win

By Dann Stupp

COLUMBUS, OhioDan Henderson still has it.

The 40-year-old former PRIDE world champion and UFC tournament winner was wobbled early by Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante but battled back to land his signature right hand and claim Strikeforce‘s light heavyweight title.

The bout served as the main event of Saturday night’s “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson” event, which took place at Nationwide Arena and aired on Showtime.

The win didn’t come easily for Henderson, who was in trouble in the opening frame. After touching Cavalcante on the chin with a stinging right, the Brazilian unleashed his own heavy hands and staggered “Hendo.” But the former Olympic wrestler returned to his roots but dragging “Feijao” to the mat, buying time to regain his with. The veteran move paid major dividends.

In the second, Henderson again relied on his vaunted wrestling skills by working in the clinch, as well as planting Cavalcante on the canvas and grinding away from top position. It wasn’t necessarily aesthetically pleasing, but it changed the momentum of the fight by slowing down Cavalcante, who had been finding some early success on the feet.

In the third, Henderson finally landed his trademark right, or as Showtime broadcaster Mauro Ranallo suggested, unleashed the “H-Bomb.”

With Cavalcante looking to open up on the feet, Henderson landing a shot to the chin that appeared as much grazing blow as direct hit. Nevertheless, the blow sent Cavalcante tumbling to the floor. Henderson immediately pounced with six heavy punches to the temple that sealed the knockout result 50 seconds into the third frame.

Following the win, Henderson said the fight played out exactly as he had hoped.

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Champ Comes Back: Marloes Coenen Submits Liz Carmouche

By Michael David Smith

Marloes Coenen had a comeback worthy of a champion Saturday night, taking a brutal beating before pulling off a fourth-round submission to defeat Liz Carmouche and retain her Strikeforce 135-pound championship belt.

It was no surprise that Coenen won with a submission off her back — that’s her specialty — but it was a surprise that she took so much punishment before she got there: Carmouche was a huge underdog, but she had thoroughly pounded on Coenen in the second and third rounds of the fight, and appeared to be close to pulling off a major upset.

But Coenen, in a move reminiscent of Anderson SIlva‘s comeback victory over Chael Sonnen, used a triangle choke off her back to force Carmouche to tap in the fourth.

“Liz was whipping my ass,” Coenen said. “She will be a future champ some day.”

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Inside the Arnold Classic with Duane Ludwig and MMA Legend Don Frye


Photo Credit: Duane “Bang” Ludwig
By Duane Finley

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Every year during the first weekend of March, the Arnold Classic comes to Columbus bringing with it nearly 200,000 nutrition and supplement enthusiasts. Over the past few years the sport of mixed martial arts has found a home amongst the madness and with the UFC vacating this year, Strikeforce saw the perfect opportunity to pounce. The San Jose based promotion lined up a double title shot billing with one of the organization’s biggest stars, Dan Henderson, carrying the shoulder load. With that being said it is a weekend jam packed with activities and while Strikeforce will have their time on Saturday night, Friday afternoon is all Arnold.

While I am still one of the newer staff members at Bloody Elbow, occasionally Kid Nate will put me on mobile assignment. Much like my stay in Vegas for UFC 125, Columbus has been action packed with adventure and today I became one of the masses that took to the Columbus Convention Center to take part in the Arnold Classic Expo. By noon the place was packed and the muscle bound and bronzed moved from table to table in search of this year’s newest breakthroughs. Hoping to blend in the best I could I filed into line when amidst the creatine and nitric oxide pump inducers I came to a natural booth that was featuring a glucosamine product. For those unfamiliar with glucosamine it is used to promote lubrication in the joints and prevent inflation. Imagine my surprise when at this natural product stand I ran smack into UFC veteran Duane “Bang” Ludwig and MMA pioneer and everybody’s favorite American Don “The Predator” Frye. After a brief exchange of pleasantries the fighters shared their opinions on the spectacle around them.

 

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Thrill of the chase motivates Henderson

By Dave Meltzer

On Saturday night, Dan Henderson has a chance to become only the second MMA fighter in history to win a world championship after the age of 40. But at this stage of the game, championship belts aren’t what he’s striving for as much as the challenge itself.

No matter how good Henderson (26-8) says he feels, his toughest long-term opponent is not Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (10-2), who he faces on a Showtime card at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, but the one that inevitably beats everyone: Father Time.

Championships are something Henderson has had plenty of for more than two decades, dating back to his teenage years in Downey, Calif., and winning the national age group championship in wrestling.

So Saturday is as much about facing a dangerous younger man as it is adding to his trophy case.

“I don’t think it’s a secret that both of us are going to look for a knockout,” Henderson said. “I definitely plan on trying to knock him silly, and pressure him the whole fight.

“When I approach a fight, it’s about who I’m fighting, the outcome will take care of itself. I have a different strategy for each opponent. He’s well-rounded and tough. It’s a big challenge. The challenge is exciting for me.”

 

 

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Carmouche Dismisses Notion of Title Fight Jitters Against Coenen

By Mike Whitman

Liz Carmouche is headed into the most important bout of her nascent mixed martial arts career, but her title bid at Saturday’s Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” is far from the biggest fight of her life.

Prior to taking up a career as a fighter, Carmouche (Pictured) served for more than five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where she accompanied soldiers near the frontlines of battle.

“I was an electrician on helicopters. I did three tours of Iraq, and the last one I was attached to grunt unit [infantry],” said Carmouche during a media conference call last week. “That allowed me to do something that appealed to me, that most women don’t have the opportunity to do, because women aren’t allowed to be grunts for the military. So it got me as close to front line as I could get.”

On Saturday, Carmouche will take a crack at Strikeforce 135-pound women’s champion Marloes Coenen at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Coenen was originally slated to meet top contender Miesha Tate, but Carmouche was called on 11 days’ notice after Tate suffered a knee injury in training.

“I respect Marloes Coenen. She’s the world’s best, and this was an opportunity that I just couldn’t refuse. I’m excited for this fight,” said Carmouche. “I had no hesitation [in accepting the bout]. I try to stay in shape all year ‘round, so when I got the notice, I was ready for it.”

 

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