Strikeforce’s Tim Kennedy hopes champ Jake Shields stays but ready if he goes

Fast-rising Strikeforce middleweight contender Tim Kennedy hopes champion Jake Shields remains with the organization.

Kennedy, who delivered Trevor Prangley just the second submission loss of his career this past week at “Strikeforce: Los Angeles,” wa…

Fast-rising Strikeforce middleweight contender Tim Kennedy hopes champion Jake Shields remains with the organization.

Kennedy, who delivered Trevor Prangley just the second submission loss of his career this past week at “Strikeforce: Los Angeles,” wants to go about winning a title the right way: by defeating an established champion.

But if Shields does end up signing with the UFC and vacating his belt with Strikeforce, Kennedy told MMAjunkie.com Radio he sees many intriguing matchups that could be part of the organization’s potential eight-man tournament – one that would crown a new champ.


Fedor Emelianenko Not Interested in What Critics Say

Just days away from this Saturday’s Strikeforce tilt between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum, the customary round of pre-fight interviews with the competitors, has once again left the internet littered with more tonnage of ‘what does the future hold for Fedor?’ Granted, it’s nowhere near the amount of coverage Fedor was receiving when he was […]

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Just days away from this Saturday’s Strikeforce tilt between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum, the customary round of pre-fight interviews with the competitors, has once again left the internet littered with more tonnage of ‘what does the future hold for Fedor?’ Granted, it’s nowhere near the amount of coverage Fedor was receiving when he was a free agent last year, when countless keyboards were turned into dust due to overuse.

If Emelianenko wins Saturday then all signs (and we say this with a heavy bias hoping it will happen) point to “The Last Emperor” meeting Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem. After that, and depending on the result, who knows what Fedor and his management will do next. Fedor’s decision not to sign with the UFC last year, sparked a lot of criticism from certain circles (like a certain outspoken UFC executive whose last name rhymes with Night), who maintain that the former Pride champion is no longer interested in fighting MMA’s cream of the crop (sorry-we tried to think of some reference utilizing borsch). So what does Fedor think of his critics (thanks to MMA Weekly for the quotes)?

“As far as my reaction, I don’t have any reaction,” Emelianenko stated. “I don’t really have reactions to any compliments people tell me, nor criticism. It’s not something that’s that important to me. I have more important goals in my life than seeking out the Internet to see what people are saying about me.”

So there you have it; who’s willing to put money down on Fedor signing with the UFC now? To bet on this Saturday’s bout head here.

Video: Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Preview

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Call me crazy, but I’m more excited for the Akiyama-Silva fight than I am the main event on the July 3 UFC 116 card. The chances that someone’s getting knocked out quickly make the Lesnar-Carwin bout somewhat less appealing…

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Call me crazy, but I’m more excited for the Akiyama-Silva fight than I am the main event on the July 3 UFC 116 card. The chances that someone’s getting knocked out quickly make the Lesnar-Carwin bout somewhat less appealing to me.

I don’t think I’ve ever not been pumped to see Wanderlei fight and Akiyama always puts on a good scrap. Neither fighter has a clear-cut advantage over the other and there likely won’t be any feeling out process as it isn’t either fighter’s style to be cautious, so this bout could very well have Fight of the Night honors in the bag.

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Strikeforce Shooting for Fall Return to CBS

Filed under: Strikeforce, FanHouse Exclusive, NewsIf you thought the post-fight brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville would immediately mark the end of the organization’s run on CBS, think again.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMA Fighting’s weekly podcas…

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If you thought the post-fight brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville would immediately mark the end of the organization’s run on CBS, think again.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMA Fighting’s weekly podcast, The MMA Hour, last week that, while nothing is set in stone just yet, the organization is shooting for a return to the network.

MMAjunkie.com Radio: Bellator tourney winner Ben Askren, TSJ winner

MMAjunkie.com Radio today returns to its normal time slot and welcomes to the show Ben Askren.

Bellator’s recently crowned season-two welterweight tournament winner discusses his successful run and upcoming title fight with Lyman Good. Additionally, T…

MMAjunkie.com Radio today returns to its normal time slot and welcomes to the show Ben Askren.

Bellator’s recently crowned season-two welterweight tournament winner discusses his successful run and upcoming title fight with Lyman Good. Additionally, The Sunday Junkie winner Thad Johnston discusses durability issues on “The Ultimate Fighter.”

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Vitor Belfort Begins Training To Return To UFC.

The Phenom Vitor Belfort is still considered one of only a handful of middleweight fighters capable of giving UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva a sizable challenge, and many MMA fans were eagerly awaiting his return to the Octagon when a shoulder injury sidelined him from UFC 112. Now it seems that the Belfort is […]

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The Phenom Vitor Belfort is still considered one of only a handful of middleweight fighters capable of giving UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva a sizable challenge, and many MMA fans were eagerly awaiting his return to the Octagon when a shoulder injury sidelined him from UFC 112. Now it seems that the Belfort is starting his road to recovery as the video above shows, though he does seem visibly bigger than his usual training weight. Look for Belfort to return within the next six months which should definitely send shock waves through the UFC middleweight division.