Posts Tagged ‘Strikeforce’

Why Josh Barnett Rules

September 11, 2011


After the Warmaster’s dominating performance at the semi-finals of the Strikeforce Grand Prix, Ariel Helwani’s mind is melted by Josh Barnett’s Jedi tongue. Barnett references tons of professional wrestling here from Gordon Solie and Randy Savage to the Hulkster and Jim Crockett. The Warmaster also speaks about New York Fashion Week. If you still come away with this disliking the Warmaster, haters gonna hate. See the video after the warp.


Josh Barnett on Silva vs. FEDOR

February 11, 2011

From – Ariel Helwani and Josh Barnett give a nice short preview of Strikeforce’s Silva vs. Fedor card. Barnett’s analysis is very thorough and insightful. I look forward to seeing Barnett do more of this in the future. A breakdown of their discussion is below the video. Enjoy.

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0:40 –  How Fedor will respond to his one and only loss

2:20 – How Antonio Silva should use his size advantage

3:50 – Big Foot Silva’s chances of upsetting Fedor.

4:17 – How Fedor will win.

4:50 – Who’s the number one Heavyweight

5:23 – How Andrei Arlovski and Sergei Kharitonov are the same fighter.

7:15 – Prediction: Kharitonov by TKO in the first or second round.

8:00 – Shane del Rosario vs. Lavar Johnson prediction

8:55 – Valentijn Overeem vs. Ray Sefo prediction

9:14 – Chad Griggs vs. Gian Villante prediction

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Paul Heyman on working with EA Sports and MMA

October 8, 2010

Ariel Helwani at has a fantastic article about Paul Heyman and his new role with EA Sports, the possibility of working with Strikeforce, and of course, Brock. Here’s an excerpt:

“One of the reasons why we opened the agency was to take this account because EA has been after me for a while; they were looking to do an extended campaign to promote [the game]. Again, looking for the logical progression into finding my niche in a sport that I’m a huge fan of and have an interest in and I think I have quite a bit to offer, I found a little cubbyhole that I can call my own, which is persona enhancement.

“That’s what I do. That’s what I did in pro wrestling, and it’s something that Strikeforce doesn’t do. In promoting a video game, especially in a year where the video game business took a major hit. I mean, sales are way down. Look at the UFC game, besides Red Dead Redemption, the UFC game is down anyway, and my take on it is, if you want to brand your game and you want to sell your game, you sell it on the personalities, and we know how to enhance personalities.”

To be clear, Heyman isn’t working for Strikeforce, he’s working with EA Sports. He is still close with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and an opportunity to work with the San Jose-based organization could present itself in the near future. It remains to be seen whether this project will lead to more work within MMA.

Helwani’s post includes a soundcloud file of Heyman discussing his new project in that passionate and gritty ‘tone’ he used in classic ECW promos. It’s a must read for any Heyman fan.

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*video courtesy of Heymanhustle

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker comments on Lashley…

August 22, 2010

Lashley vs. Batista?

August 20, 2010

Jim Ross on Strikeforce’s Saturday Night Slobberknocker

April 18, 2010

Jim Ross had this to say about Strikeforce’s Saturday Night debacle on CBS.

Miller tried to ‘cut in line’ of the list of challengers for Shields’ title and to obviously make himself relevant to Strikeforce fans and create a ground swell to earn a main event fight with Shields who beat Miller in 2009.

The most negative thing that came our of this mêlée was that the ‘thug element’ perception that many casual sports fans have regarding elements of MMA was underscored. The NFL is a cash cow for the networks and the NFL is held in high esteem but even the NFL is trying to clean up their act through the efforts of Commission Roger Goodell. MMA isn’t established to the level that their unsavory moments will be tolerated or taken lightly by a network partner such as CBS.

You can read the rest of this at his blog.