January ends with an big show in southern Florida
After a brief lull in major MMA action, this Saturday night STRIKEFORCE presents STRIKEFORCE: Miami. Anyone care to wager a guess as to where this show will take place? Here is a rundown of the card:
- Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis (welterweight championship)
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos ( c ) vs. Marloes Coenen (women’s featherweight championship)
- Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef
- Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims
- Greg Nagy vs. Herschel Walker
PRELIM CARD (un-aired)
- Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs
- Pablo Alfonso vs. Marcos da Matta
- Michael Byrnes vs. David Zitnik
- Sabah Homasi vs. John Kelly
- David Gomez vs. Craig Oxley
- Hayder Hassan vs. Ryan Keenan
As you can see there are many big names on this card. At the top UFC, Pride, Elite XC, and Dream veteran Nick Diaz takes on Marius Zaromskis for the vacant welterweight championship. It’s nice to see Mr. Diaz decided to put the blunt down long enough to prepare for this title fight. No one has ever questioned his talent or conditioning but Nick’s love for the greenery has caused him a few setbacks in his career. In August Diaz was scratched from a fight with Jay Hieron due to failure to take a pre-fight drug test in order to attain his fighting license. Nick missing his drug test was no mistake. Had he taken it no way he would have passed. In his first fight back he’ll look to give the middle finger to his critics, and possibly Zaromskis, on his way to a victory.
Marius, the Dream welterweight champion, steps in the cage with hopes of adding to his five fight win streak. His last 3 fights have ended with spectacular Cro Cop-like head kicks. Diaz should present the toughest challenge he’s faced thus far. He’d be wise to keep this fight standing because once a Diaz gets a hold of you on the mat it’s only a matter of time until “203 Bitch!!!” is being yelled in your ear before tapping out.
For the women’s featherweight title Marloes Coenen challenges Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos. Cyborg Santos is the best female fighter we’ve ever seen. I’m convinced she is a robot sent from the future made purely for destruction. Until I see her bleed or take any type of punishment in the cage I’ll continue to feel this way. Cyborg is going to beat the hell out of Coenen. This one wont last long. Santos by annihilation.
Dangerous striker, Mevlin Manhoef, will make is Strikeforce debut against ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler. I’m hoping these two stand in front of each other and throw haymakers until one man connects with a might blow sending their opponent to the canvas. If Lawler finds himself in trouble he should use his wrestling to control the fight. Manhoef’s last 15 wins have come by way of (T)KO while his last 4 losses were by submission. All but one of Ruthless Robbie’s wins are by (T)KO however he may want to adopt another strategy to gain the win here
Former WWE star and current TNA wrestler, Bobby Lashley will be faced with his first challenge on a major MMA stage. Lashley has gone 4-0 in lower level shows since entering the world of cage fighting. He’ll take on TUF alum and well known funny man Wes Sims. Sims was last seen putting on a poor performance against Justin Wren in defeat. Despite the experience disadvantage expect Lashley to come out and impose his will
Certainly the most talked about fighter to appear on this show will be former football star and Heisman Trophy winning running back Herschel Walker. For outsiders and casual fight fans Walker will be the main draw of the show. Other former professional athletes have jumped into MMA with mixed results over the years. Despite his proven athleticism Herschel may face the tallest task by starting his career at age 47. Those who have trained with him say the former Georgia Bulldog is well prepared for battle. His opponent, Greg Nagy, is also new to the sport, coming in with a record of 1-1. No secret here that Mr. Nagy has been brought in to lose. At his age Walker has only 3 fights in him, 4 at the most. The last thing Strikeforce wants is one of their biggest names going down in their first fight. Yes, I know in UFC Brock Lesnar lost his first fight. Well friends this isn’t UFC and Herschel isn’t 30 like Lesnar when he made his debut.
The only fight worth noting on the undercard is Joe ‘Diesel’ Riggs taking on Jay “The Thoroughbred’ Hieron. Hieron is getting doubly screwed here. In August he was scheduled to fight for the welterweight title against Nick Diaz. However as I mentioned above Mr. 420 from the 203 missed his drug test so the fight was canned. So now, Diaz is fighting for the title while Jay can’t even get a fight on TV. That’s BS! Joe Riggs might be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Diesel is a talented fighter who has had his ups and downs in the cage. No question he’ll come in looking to scrap however the ‘The Thoroughbred’ will likely have a lot of frustration to take out.
Strikeforce: Miami 1/30
UFC 109 – 2/6 Relentless
UFC 110 – 2/20 Noguiera vs Velasquez
Strikeforce – 2/26 Challengers 6
2nd Round Submission of the week* – Dustin Hazlett armbar on Josh Burkman
*I’ve added this title because some have asked what the random line is at the end of each blog. For those who have not been reading from the first blog at the end of each article I’ll add a 2nd round submission from a fight of my choosing. You know, since this it’s called . . . that’s right, you guessed it.
Don’t forget! Saturday night, 10 pm on Showtime. Until next time, stay golden
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Written by Martin Foster
Martin H. Foster is the author of "The 2nd Round Submission" and host of "Verbal Submission Radio" Follow him at www.twitter.com/MHMFoster