STRIKEFORCE Announces Final Event on SHOWTIME on Jan. 12

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MARQUARDT AND CORMIER HEADLINE STRIKEFORCE® CARD
IN OKLAHOMA CITY ON JAN. 12

FULL CARD ANNOUNCED FOR FINAL
STRIKEFORCE EVENT ON SHOWTIME®

TICKETS FOR STRIKEFORCE® ARE ON SALE NOW

Live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on West Coast)
Preliminary Card Live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT
(Delayed on West Coast)
All Part of the Premium Network’s FREE PREVIEW WEEKEND

STRIKEFORCE® welterweight champion and seasoned UFC® veteran Nate Marquardt will defend his title against current number one contender Tarec Saffiedine on Saturday, Jan. 12 as STRIKEFORCE® visits Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. In the night’s co-main event, Oklahoma State University All-American wrestler and STRIKEFORCE Grand Prix heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier takes on kickboxing veteran Dion Staring. The event will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) as part of the premium network’s Free Preview Weekend whereby more than 80 million households nationwide will have access to SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and more.

This will mark the final STRIKEFORCE event on SHOWTIME.

“Since 2009, SHOWTIME has been a great partner and we appreciate its support of STRIKEFORCE and our athletes,” Scott Coker, STRIKEFORCE CEO, said. “For our final event, we’ve loaded the card with some outstanding fights. This is going to be a memorable night for the sport of mixed martial arts.”

“We are proud of our association with Scott Coker and the entire STRIKEFORCE team,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “From Gina Carano to Ronda Rousey, Fedor Emelianenko to Daniel Cormier, Nick Diaz to Gilbert Melendez, SHOWTIME Sports and STRIKEFORCE have built some of the biggest stars in the sport and have produced many of the most watched and most intriguing fights in the history of MMA.   We look forward to another night of competitive and explosive STRIKEFORCE fights on SHOWTIME on January 12 in OKC.”

In addition to the main and co-main events, STRIKEFORCE® will also feature the following matchups that include several past champions and many of the sports top prospects:

 

 

STRIKEFORCE® will air live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), while preliminary fights will be shown live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Additional fights scheduled for the event are expected to be released shortly.

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE® are on sale now and are priced at $150, $100, $70 and $50. Tickets are available at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, at Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. Applicable service charges may apply.

For more information or the latest STRIKEFORCE news, visit www.strikeforce.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

About STRIKEFORCE®www.strikeforce.com

Owned and operated by Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in Las Vegas, Nev. that currently holds live events annually across the United States. First established as a mixed martial arts entity in 2006, STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on SHOWTIME® and has produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network. With a growing roster featuring the world’s elite competitors, STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality mixed martial arts action.

 

About Showtime Networks Inc.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

 

Chesapeake Energy Arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2012 and recently completed a more than $90 million renovation that included a new grand entrance and other significant upgrades. The arena is managed by SMG, which since 1977 has provided management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centers, equestrian facilities and convention, congress and exhibition cen­ters.

 

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FRIDAYS EPISODE 4: ‘CAN’T FIX STUPID’

EPISODE 4: ‘CAN’T FIX STUPID’
FLASH QUOTES

TEAM CARWIN PULLS AHEAD AS MARUNDE DEFEATS LANE

The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays episode four – ‘Can’t fix stupid’ – aired on FX on Friday evening and saw Team Carwin take the lead in the competition.

 

Las Vegas native Bristol Marunde, 12-7 in his mixed martial arts career, defeated Julian “Night Train” Lane, 4-0, of Mansfield, Ohio by unanimous decision to see coach Shane Carwin’s squad go 2-1 in the season.

Experience proved to be the difference in the bout, which was recorded at the TUFTM Gym in Las Vegas. Marunde, 30, has been fighting professionally since 2007, working his way through regional MMA promotions before facing the highly-ranked Renaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza in the STRIKEFORCE® organization earlier this year.

Happy to make it to the second round, Marunde said: “I was relieved to get the first fight out of the way. I didn’t fight smart at all – I was trying to force a finish and suffered some pretty bad damage to my face as a result. It was worth it, though. Team Carwin was fired up to get a win and just as happy to have control of the fight pick again.”

Team Nelson’s final team pick, a father of a two-year-old daughter with another child on the way, was disappointed not to advance in the competition.

He said: “It was a tough fight, I wish I had pushed it harder to make it go to the sudden victory round. I wish I would have taken control and not backed-up. It was a hard loss. I don’t ever want to feel that way again. I’m going to use the pain I felt and grow from this experience.”

Tickets for The Ultimate Fighter® Finale – headlined by Carwin vs Nelson – go on sale Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $304, $254, $179, $154, $104 and $79. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, www.thejointlasvegas.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.

UFC® Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Oct. 11, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

Results after episode four:

Team Carwin (2-1)
Sam Alvey (0-1, lost to Joey Rivera by decision in episode 3)
Bristol Marunde (1-1, defeated Julian Lane by unanimous decision in episode 4)
Mike Ricci
Neil Magny (1-0, defeated Cameron Diffley by decision in episode 2)
James Chaney
Eddy Ellis
Igor Araujo
Matt Secor

Team Nelson (1-2)
Dom Waters
Michael Hill
Cameron Diffley (0-1, lost to Neil Magny by decision in episode 2)
Colton Smith
Jon Manley
Nic Herron-Webb
Joey Rivera (1-0, defeated Sam Alvey by decision in episode 3)
Julian Lane (0-1, lost to Bristol Marunde by decision in episode 4)

A full recap is available at ufc.com.

The series resumes next Friday, October 12, on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time) with the fifth episode of its 12-week run. In that episode – “Unleash the Beast” – Julian Lane lashes out after being disrespected by another fighter. Team Nelson wants more coaching from Roy. Mike Ricci once again finds himself at odds with Nic Herron-Webb. Coach Carwin chooses two welterweights to collide in the fourth preliminary fight.

For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit ultimatefighter.com and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter under our new name @TUFonFX or on Facebook.com/TUF.

About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, and a new franchise in development with EA, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.

FX
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series Sons of Anarchy and Justified; the miniseries American Horror Story, which earned 17 primetime Emmy® Awards, tying for the most nominations of any program this year and the most nominations for a miniseries in basic cable history; the acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, Legit, BrandX with Russell Brand, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX’s other offerings include the acquired hit series Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother, and live sports with UFC and NCAA football.

UFC 151 FLASH QUOTES Chael Sonnen: “I believe in Hendo – and so should you!”


*FLASH QUOTES*

UFC® 151: BONES vs HENDO
NEWLY MINTED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAEL SONNEN
DECLARES:
‘I BELIEVE IN HENDO – AND SO SHOULD YOU!’

One teammate publically backing another to win a big title fight is probably to be expected, but nevertheless Chael Sonnen’s characteristically bombastic declaration that Dan Henderson will defeat UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 151 on September 1 has people talking.

Sonnen and “Hendo” have known each other a long time, both being signature members of the famed Team Quest since the 1990s. And “the American Gangster” – who last week announced his own move up to the light heavyweight division – believes his friend will blast his way to yet another big fight victory.

“I believe in Hendo – and so should you,” Sonnen said. “If you look at Jon Jones and think of a man who can beat him, you would think of someone with great KO power, the best chin in the sport because – with his reach – Jones is going to hit you, great wrestling and a relentlessly aggressive style. That man already exists – and his name is Dan Henderson.”

The two-time UFC middleweight title challenger went on to state the main event of UFC 151 is nothing less than a fight to determine the identity of the greatest light heavyweight of all time.

Sonnen said: “Here’s the thing people are missing about this fight at UFC 151. Yes, the UFC light heavyweight championship is on the line, but this is about more than who currently holds the UFC 205lbs gold.

“This fight on September 1 is a fight to determine who is the greatest ever light heavyweight. I give Jon Jones his due as a great fighter. He’s beaten some outstanding fighters already and looked impressive each time. He’s already accomplished so much in the sport – just not as much as Dan Henderson.

“Everyone talks about pound-for-pound champions and pound-for-pound achievements. But if you look at what pound-for-pound should mean – who has the ability to beat small fast guys, the ability to knockout big, strong guys, to move through the divisions with your skill-set and win – the only conclusion a rational person would make is Dan Henderson is the pound-for-pound greatest of all time.

“Dan beat the 170lbs champion in Carlos Newton, he’s won the PRIDE 183lbs title, the PRIDE 205lbs title, the STRIKEFORCE 205lbs title, and he’s won the two great tournaments in our sport, the UFC tournament back in the day and the PRIDE Grand Prix. All in all he’s beaten 11 world champions in his career. The man is the best of all time. That is who Jon Jones is facing.

“Jones is a talented kid but he’s taking on a man, and I’d bet on the man any day of the week.”

UFC® 151: JONES vs. HENDERSON will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship

Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, and with offices in London, England, Toronto, Canada and Beijing, China, UFC® produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world.

In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX in an exciting new live format.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 150 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with nearly two million followers on Twitter.

Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed UFC magazine, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, and JAKKS Pacific articulated action figures.

UFC® AND ROOTS OF FIGHT™ LAUNCH NEW COLLABORATION

UFC® AND ROOTS OF FIGHT™ LAUNCH NEW COLLABORATION
ROOTS OF FIGHT™ UFC® LEGENDS SERIES OF SHORT FILMS AND APPAREL IN
UFC® MAGAZINE

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO AVAILABLE ONLY ON UFC MAGAZINE’S TABLET EDITION JULY 17

UFC® Magazine, the official publication of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, will debut Roots Of Fight UFC® Legends Series, a collaboration between Roots Of Fight and UFC®in the October/November issue of the magazine’s print and tablet edition.

 

The Roots Of Fight UFC Legends Series pays tribute to historic battles waged in the Octagon with an exclusive documentary combining new interviews with the combatants and includes archival fight footage. Each documentary provides a new perspective on fights years after they take place and oftentimes long before the participants reached superstar status. The first documentary in the Roots Of Fight UFC Legends Series reaches back to April 2005 when Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar made their Octagon debuts to fight for the light heavyweight title on the premiere season The Ultimate Fighter®.

The full six-minute documentary Roots Of Fight UFC Legends Series: Bonnar vs. Griffin debuts exclusively on the tablet edition of UFC Magazine available here [LINK: www.ufc.com/magazine] on July 17.

In addition to producing the exclusive documentary, Roots Of Fight also created a capsule collection of high-end apparel that pays homage to this TUF 1 battle – available for purchase exclusively at rootsoffight.com.

 

Roots of Fight UFC Legends Series: Bonnar vs. Griffin debuts on the tablet edition of UFC Magazine on July 17. Subscriptions as well as single copies of the tablet edition of UFC Magazine are available on the iTunes Newsstand for iPad devices or through Zinio (www.zinio.com or the Zinio app) for Android devices. For more information go to www.ufc.com/magazine

 

The August/September “Olympic Issue” of UFC® Magazine features No. 1 light heavyweight contender and two-time Olympian Dan “Hendo” Henderson on the lifestyle cover. Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and 2008 Bronze medalist in judo “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey graces the fitness cover of the same issue. Rousey is the first female fighter ever featured on the cover of UFC Magazine.

 

About UFC Magazine

UFC Magazine, the official publication of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, publishes six issues per year on a bi-monthly basis plus an annual special issue. The magazine is published in partnership with Transworld Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation. To subscribe to the magazine’s print or tablet edition go to ufc.com/magazine. Follow us on Twitter @UFCmag like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/UFCMagazine

 

About Roots of Fight

Roots Of Fight pays tribute to the rich history and tradition of martial arts from regions around the globe and connects the history and images of iconic fighters like Muhammad Ali® and Bruce Lee with the contemporary global scale of mixed martial arts. Roots Of Fight tells an authentic story that reflects a genuine place and time and weaves the true stories of icons from the past with those of the present – paying homage to the roots, regional influence and diversity of each discipline. The “Sweet Science”, “Jun Fan Gung Fu”, Jeet Kune Do along with Muay Thai, Russian Sambo and Krav Maga – legends about these fighting systems and others are explored by Roots Of Fight.

 

About the Ultimate Fighting Championship® Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX.
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, a new partnership with EA Sports for video game distribution with the first scheduled release in 2014, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.

 

MORE THAN 300 UFC AND STRIKEFORCE ATHLETES ATTEND FIGHTER SUMMIT IN LAS VEGAS










MORE THAN 300 UFC® AND
STRIKEFORCE® ATHLETES ATTEND
FIGHTER SUMMIT IN LAS VEGAS, NV

ATHLETES HEAR ANNOUCEMENTS ON PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS AND INSURANCE
FIGHTERS ALSO ATTEND SEMINARS ON SOCIAL MEDIA CONDUCT, RESPONSIBILITIES TO BRAND,
SPORT AND FANS

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and STRIKEFORCE® organizations held their fourth Fighter Summit on July 9 and July 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC President Dana White and UFC CEO and Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta welcomed over 300 UFC® and STRIKEFORCE®athletes to Las Vegas, Nevada.

At the Summit, the UFC and STRIKEFORCE announced a formalized written policy against performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and other banned substances.

Lawrence Epstein, the company’s Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, explained the written policy is a continuation of existing policy, and that both promotions will follow guidelines drafted by the same law firm which advises the National Football League on PEDs.

Epstein said: “It is important to continue educating our athletes on the dangers of PEDs and other banned substances. Additionally, no new UFC or STRIKEFORCE promotional agreement will become effective before the athlete has provided a clean PED test result.”

He added: “PED and banned substance usage harms the integrity of sport, potentially compromises the safety of our athletes, raises concerns for both short and long-term health issues and sends an improper message to our fanbase. We will continue to be at the forefront of this issue. And we will continue to work with Athletic Commissions and other bodies to ensure – to the fullest extent possible – that testing procedure keep pace with scientific advancements regarding the identification and detection of prohibited substances.”

The promotions’ medical consultant Dr. Jeff Davidson then spoke to the athletes about both the short and long-term medical effects of PEDs. Dr. Davidson discussed the topical Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and Keith Kizer – the Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission – detailed the laws and regulations pertaining to PEDs and TRT.

The Fighter Summit itinerary also included topics such as how the fighters can better promote themselves using social media, an announcement on the company’s new relationship with video game giant EA Sports, a talk from pro football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin on the social responsibilities and pressures placed upon modern-day athletes, and a presentation on sensitivity and promoting professional brand excellence.

UFC President Dana White said: “When we see our fighters during event time, they are cutting weight or are going from interview to interview, so it is important to sit down with them – all 300-plus of them – in a room and go over what is happening in our sport. We had a great line-up of speakers, experts in everything from social media, to brand awareness to medical experts, and our fighters went away with some great information. These summits are crazy to organize, but as a responsible company we feel they are very worthwhile.”

It was also announced that, despite an increase in cost, all UFC and STRIKEFORCE athletes will have accidental medical insurance for a second year, including added coverage for pre-existing conditions.

UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta said: “Flying over three hundred athletes from literally all over the world, from Brazil, Europe, the Far East, Australia and all over North America, is always a logistical challenge. But it is invaluable for our major sports organization to get all of our athletes together go over things like insurance, drug testing and social responsibility. We had great feedback from our athletes and the summit was extremely worthwhile.”

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.

 

MORE THAN 50 UFC & STRIKEFORCE STARS TO APPEAR AT UFC FAN EXPO!

MORE THAN 50 UFC® AND STRIKEFORCE® STARS
TO APPEAR AT UFC FAN EXPO®
IN LAS VEGAS JULY 6 & 7

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced more than 50 UFC® and STRIKEFORCE® stars scheduled to appear at the UFC Fan Expo®on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The largest collection of the sport’s biggest names ever assembled will be featured under one roof in July at the can’t-miss fan event of the year.

 

Fans will have the chance to meet their favorite stars during autograph sessions, exciting special events, interactive Q&A sessions, meet and greets, training and development seminars, and much more!

 

Appearing at the UFC Fan Expo*:

 

UFC Hall of Famer CHUCK LIDDELL

UFC Hall of Famer RANDY COUTURE

Former two-division UFC champion BJ PENN

UFC light heavyweight champion JON JONES

Former PRIDE® champion WANDERLEI SILVA

Former UFC light heavyweight champion TITO ORTIZ

UFC lightweight champion BENSON HENDERSON

UFC interim welterweight champion CARLOS CONDIT

UFC heavyweight champion JUNIOR DOS SANTOS

UFC bantamweight champion DOMINICK CRUZ

Former light heavyweight champion RASHAD EVANS

Former UFC heavyweight champion FRANK MIR

Former PRIDE® champion DAN HENDERSON

Former UFC heavyweight champion CAIN VELASQUEZ

Former UFC welterweight champion MATT SERRA

Former interim UFC heavyweight champion SHANE CARWIN

STRIKEFORCE women’s bantamweight champion RONDA ROUSEY

STRIKEFORCE lightweight champion GILBERT MELENDEZ

Former STRIKEFORCE heavyweight champion ALISTAIR OVEREEM

STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight Grand Prix champion DANIEL CORMIER

 

Also featuring*: PAT BARRY, ALAN BELCHER, JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ, STEPHAN BONNAR, DANNY CASTILLO, DONALD CERRONE, PHIL DAVIS, SHANE DEL ROSARIO, JOHN DODSON, EVAN DUNHAM, REUBEN DURAN, BRIAN EBERSOLE, JAKE ELLENBERGER, LOUIS GAUDINOT, CLAY GUIDA, DAN HARDY, JOHNY HENDRICKS, CONOR HEUN, CJ KEITH, JOSH KOSCHECK, DUANE LUDWIG, RORY MACDONALD, VINNY MAGALHAES, OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST SARA MCMANN, IAN MCCALL, MICHAEL MCDONALD, JIM MILLER, ROY NELSON, ANTHONY PETTIS, JENS PULVER, MIKE PYLE, FRANCISCO RIVERA, BEN ROTHWELL, AMIR SADOLLAH, CHRIS SAUNDERS, CHAN SUNG JUNG, JAMIE VARNER, and EDDIE YAGIN.

 

In addition, UFC Octagon Girls® ARIANNY CELESTE and BRITTNEY PALMER will appear, as will STRIKEFORCE ring girls CHRISSY HUBBARD and VANESSA HANSON. UFC commentators MIKE GOLDBERG, JOE ROGAN and JON ANIK will also make appearances, along with Octagon announcer BRUCE BUFFER. The UFC Fan Expo will also feature appearances by Best of PRIDE® host KENDA PEREZ and noted referees HERB DEAN, DAN MIRAGLIOTTA and JOSH ROSENTHAL.

 

*Fighters and Personalities subject to change

 

Tickets for the UFC Fan Expo® are on sale NOW at www.ufcfanexpo.com. Tickets for Friday, July 6 are priced at $40, while tickets for Saturday, July 7 are priced at $45. A two-day pass is also available and is priced at $60. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now and save because ticket prices are higher at the door.

 

The UFC Fan Expo® in July will feature more than 300,000 square feet of activities for UFC fans, including meet and greets and autograph sessions with top UFC and STRIKEFORCE® fighters, Q&A sessions with top UFC personalities, as well as grappling tournaments and other special events. More than 100 exhibitors will also be on hand, giving fans the opportunity to purchase and experience some of the best sports and lifestyle products on the market today. This marks the third UFC Fan Expo® held in Las Vegas since its inception in 2009, with additional UFC Fan Expos being held in Boston, London, Toronto and Houston.

 

On top of all the great fan activities, the UFC Fan Expo® will be held in conjunction with UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2, scheduled for July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

 

For more information on UFC Fan Expo® and to purchase tickets, visit www.ufcfanexpo.com. To subscribe to the official UFC Fan Expo® newsletter visit www.ufcfanexpo.com/newsletter. For companies interested in reserving space at this premier event, contact Brian Bernstein, Sales Executive at 203-840-5474 or email bbernstein@ufcfanexpo.com. Don’t wait, space is limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.

 

About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX in an exciting new live format.

 

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.

 

 

STRIKEFORCE Returns to Portland July 14 with Two Huge Title Fights

MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

CHAMP LUKE ROCKHOLD vs. TIM KENNEDY

WELTERWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

UNDEFEATED TYRON WOODLEY TAKES ON MMA VETERAN

NATE MARQUARDT 

PLUS:

KEITH JARDINE vs. ROGER GRACIE

ROBBIE LAWLER vs. LORENZ LARKIN 

PRELIMINARY ACTION:

PORTLAND’S OWN PAT HEALY HAS VERBALLY AGREED TO FIGHT MIZUTO HIROTA

JORDAN MEIN vs. TYLER STINSON

JASON HIGH vs. NATE MOORE

Saturday, July 14 from Rose Garden Arena – Portland, Ore.

Live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on West Coast)

Preliminary Card Live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on West Coast)

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 8

The Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore will host STRIKEFORCE® when it returns to the Pacific Northwest with STRIKEFORCE®: ROCKHOLD vs. KENNEDY announced for Saturday, July 14. Current STRIKEFORCE middleweight champ Luke Rockhold will meet U.S. Army Green Beret and number one contender Tim Kennedy for a five-round bout live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

The fight card will also feature a match for the vacant welterweight title when undefeated Tyron Woodley takes on perennial top contender Nate Marquardt. Additionally, two middleweight bouts are expected to round out the main card with veteran Keith Jardine set to take on submission specialist Roger Gracie and renowned striker Robbie Lawler scheduled to battle Kung Fu sensation Lorenz Larkin.

STRIKEFORCE®: ROCKHOLD vs. KENNEDY will air live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), while preliminary fights will be shown live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Additional fights scheduled for the event are expected to be released shortly.

“The Pacific Northwest is home to great MMA fans and we’re excited to bring an incredible event to Portland this July,” said STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker. “With Luke Rockhold versus Tim Kennedy for the middleweight title and undefeated Tyron Woodley against Nate Marquardt for the vacant welterweight crown, there’s no doubt that we’re bringing something special to the Rose Garden Arena. Having Keith Jardine, Robbie Lawler and Roger Gracie also on the card makes this one of the most stacked cards of the summer!”

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE®: ROCKHOLD vs. KENNEDY, presented by Musclepharm®, go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $125, $75, $50 and $40. Tickets available at the Rose Quarter Box Office, all participating Safeway/TicketsWest outlets, by calling 877.789.ROSE (7673), or at RoseQuarter.com.

UFC® Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. PT, via the website www.UFCFightClub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter and STRIKEFORCE Insider subscribers Thursday, May 31, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this pre-sale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through www.UFC.com and the STRIKEFORCE Insider through www.STRIKEFORCE.com.

Looking to make his second successful title defense since winning the STRIKEFORCE middleweight championship from Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in late 2011, American Kickboxing Academy’s Luke Rockhold (fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) returns to make a statement in the evening’s main event in Portland, Ore. on July 14. The son of a professional basketball player and the brother of a professional surfer, Rockhold has also found his niche in the sports world and has looked incredibly dominant just a few years into his 9-1 pro MMA career. Following a recent TKO victory over UFC veteran Keith Jardine, the Santa Cruz native has managed to collect eight straight wins under the STRIKEFORCE banner and hopes to continue his reign over the middleweight division.

U.S. Army Green Beret Tim Kennedy (fighting out of Austin, Texas) got his start in professional fighting while he was attending college in Missouri prior to enlisting in the military. Originally from San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he trained alongside Chuck Liddell and Jake Shields, Kennedy amassed an impressive amateur record, though it was in the service where he continued to train and dedicate himself in becoming a complete mixed marital artist, ultimately winning several Combatives tournaments by defeating his fellow servicemen in officially recognized hand-to-hand combat matches. At 14-3, Kennedy now holds notable wins over Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Robbie Lawler and Trevor Prangley, and looks to add Rockhold’s name to that list in his attempt to win the title.

One of the top young welterweights in all of MMA, Tyron Woodley (fighting out of St. Louis, Mo.) gets his shot at proving he is one of the sport’s best while claiming his division’s top prize. The former University of Missouri wrestling standout has firmly established himself in the Strikeforce cage, and an undefeated 10-0 record fully supports that claim. “The Chosen One” has earned hard-fought victories over Paul Daley, Tarec Saffiedine and Jordan Mein in his bid to fight for the title. And though his world-class wrestling is his strong suit, his well-rounded game has allowed to him to secure five finishes by submission, including a victory via brabo choke in his very first STRIKEFORCE fight.

A former UFC title challenger, the 34-10-2 Nate Marquardt (fighting out of Denver, Co.) is looking to pick up where he left off by consistently battling the toughest opponents out there and reminding everyone why he is widely considered a divisional top ten fighter. Having earned victories over elite fighters like Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares, Martin Kampmann, Jeremy Horn and Dan Miller, “The Great” has battled against the best and wants to put gold around his waist to prove he belongs. As a second degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Marquardt can rely on his submission skills to test Woodley if the fight heads to the ground. Meanwhile, his wars with Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen only add to the MMA veteran’s superior experience level.

Keith Jardine (fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) is widely considered one of the toughest and most unorthodox fighters that the sport has ever seen. “The Dean of Mean,” who trains at Greg Jackson’s MMA, is a 16-11-2 UFCveteran holding wins over Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Brandon Vera.  Though he’s had some recent tough battles with Gegard Mousasi and Luke Rockhold, The Ultimate Fighter® season 2 contestant is ready to get back in the win column with his crowd-pleasing style. He’ll get his chance on July 14 against the 4-1 submission expert and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Roger Gracie (fighting out of London, England). A member of the famed Gracie family, Roger had submitted all his previous opponents, which included Trevor Prangley and Kevin Randleman, before suffering a recent loss to “King” Mo Lawal. Expect fireworks when these two fighters meet in a true test of striker vs. grappler.

With some of the heaviest hands in the sport, dauntless striker Robbie Lawler (fighting out of Gilbert, Ariz.) returns to the cage in search of another high-profile knockout. Following a quick TKO win over Adlan Amagov in January, “Ruthless” has improved his overall record to 19-8, 1 NC. Though a wrestler by trade under the tutelage of former UFC champions Matt Hughes and Pat Miletich, Lawler is widely known to abandon the discipline once the cage door shuts in order to rely solely on his striking ability to finish his opponent. He’ll have his work cut out for him when he takes on fellow striker Lorenz Larkin (fighting out of Riverside, Calif.). Making his debut at middleweight, “The Monsoon” remains undefeated at 12-0, 1 NC and aims to keep it that way against the wily veteran. A former amateur boxer and a current practitioner of Kung Fu, Larkin has the tools to stand and trade in what should be an incredibly explosive bout.

For more information or the latest STRIKEFORCE news, visit www.strikeforce.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

About STRIKEFORCE®www.strikeforce.com

Owned and operated by Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in Las Vegas, Nev. that currently holds live events annually across the United States. First established as a mixed martial arts entity in 2006, STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on SHOWTIME® and has produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network. With a growing roster featuring the world’s elite competitors, STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality mixed martial arts action.

 

About Showtime Networks Inc.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

 

Rose Quarter The Rose Quarter in Portland, OR is owned by an affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers and managed by AEG Facilities. The Rose Quarter includes 20,000-seat Rose Garden, 12,000-seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 6,500-seat Theater of the Clouds, 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and the Rose Quarter Commons. Home to the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, the Rose Garden is a $267 million multi-purpose arena that opened in the fall of 1995. The WHL Winterhawks play in Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1961 and served as the original home of the Trail Blazers. Veterans Memorial Coliseum is attached to 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and seven meeting rooms. The Commons, Portland’s largest outdoor public plaza, connects the Rose Garden and the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and can accommodate up to 5,000 people for outdoor events. Ovations Food Services is the official food and beverage concessionaire for the Rose Quarter.

 

About AEG Facilities AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across four continents, and works in concert with affiliated AEG entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Development to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. AEG owns, operates or provides services to venues including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), the Rose Quarter (Portland, Ore.), Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), AT&T Center (San Antonio, Tx.), Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), Wukesong Arena (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), Color Line Arena (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), Globe Arenas (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar). For more information, please visit www.aegworldwide.com.

WITH TWO TITLE FIGHTS SCHEDULED, ‘ROSE CITY’ SET TO HOST BLOCKBUSTER STRIKEFORCE® EVENT ON JULY 14 AT ROSE GARDEN ARENA

Tate Discusses Impact of First Career Fight – Official Blog Pt. 1

MIESHA TATE ON THE FIGHT THAT CONVINCED HER SHE HAD THE HEART OF A CHAMPION

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sometimes we wait our whole life to find the answer…my moment of realization arrived in my very first mixed martial arts amateur bout.”

By STRIKEFORCE Bantamweight Champion Miesha “Takedown” Tate:

You often discover whether you possess fight or flight instincts when the going gets tough. Is it our instinct to escape the situation and run to the nearest safe haven, or do we decide to stand and fight, despite obvious risk, pain and embarrassment? Sometimes we wait our whole life to find out the answer to this kind of question, yet, luckily for me, my moment of realization arrived in my very first mixed martial arts amateur bout in 2006.

I was 19 years of age at the time, had wrestled for four years, but had no clue what MMA was and had never before heard of the UFC. In fact, I had no desire to ever fight at this stage. I was just interested in learning a bit more about submission wrestling, having wrestled with the boys’ team since during high school.

As I became more and more interested in the sport of mixed martial arts, though, I started to contemplate the idea of actually competing and using my wrestling skills as a solid foundation in the sport. One day I decided to attend my first mixed martial arts fight and, though it was only an amateur event, it appealed to me and was something I wanted to see more of in the future. Then, as the event ended, the announcer grabbed the mic and revealed to the crowd that he would be hosting an all-female fight card in three weeks and that all fighters were welcome to try out and compete.

So, with only my wrestling background and just three weeks of striking training, I decided to give it a go and compete at that event. I went up against a dangerous Muay-thai kickboxer that night and, knowing how little striking experience I had, naturally realized I would be up against it. She and her husband owned their own Muay-thai gym and, of course, she was very well-drilled on her feet and had been doing it since she was a young girl.

I won the first round thanks entirely to my wrestling skills. I was able to go out there, take her down very quickly and then keep her there for the majority of the round. I used a little bit of ground-and-pound once I had secured the takedowns, but, for the most part, was just looking to control and outmaneuver her. When I went back to the corner, I was told by my trainer that I needed to punch more when we were on the ground and that I should look to score more damage when in advantageous positions.

The idea of doing physical damage to my opponent was something completely new to me at this stage, though, as I was still very much in pure wrestling mode.

I went out for the second round and remember throwing a flurry of one-twos, which backed my opponent up to the corner. It was then that she put me into a Thai clinch and started going to work. I had no idea what this thing was that she had me caught in and had no clue how to defend or escape it. So, while I tried desperately to take her down, she was happily kneeing me in the face over and over again. One of the knees then shattered my nose, breaking it immediately.

Nevertheless, I kept trying for that double-leg and eventually got it. By this time, though, I was very dazed and didn’t really know what was going on. This allowed her to capitalize and get her hooks in when we did finally hit the ground. I was now curled up in a ball, wary of being hit and choked out. I basically had nowhere to escape. She then postured up and began raining down punches on my ears, just for good measure.

This was a very pivotal moment for me in my career, because after taking severe punishment like that for the first time in my life, I reached an unexpected moment of clarity. I watched the blood pour from my nose and accumulate in a red pool beneath my face, and yet wasn’t at all intimidated or scared by what was about to come. It was a strangely serene moment, one that highlighted just why I was there and what I needed to do to get myself out of this situation.

I thought to myself, ‘Well, this is the route you chose, Tate – now you’ve got to get your ass off the floor and deal with it‘. I finally realized what I was there to do, and accepted the harsh truth – this wasn’t a wrestling match… it was a fight!

Without a second thought, I tried everything in my power to get out of a potential submission and start kicking her ass again. I bucked her off like crazy, she slipped into the guard position and that allowed me to get up on my tip toes and wail away with punches as hard as I possibly could. Blood was going everywhere. It was all over my face and her gloves. I didn’t care anymore.

Now fully amped and excited, I walked back to my corner at the end of the round with a spring in my step, eager for the next round to hurry up. I now understood what I was there to do and realized what being a fighter was all about. I wanted more of it. Unfortunately, it was at this very moment that my trainers looked at me with disgust, in a way that suggested my nose and face were beyond repair and that I had no chance whatsoever of going another round.

They made an executive decision and pulled me out of the fight, something which obviously bummed me out a little bit, but, in hindsight was the right decision. After all, I wasn’t getting paid for the fight and all medical expenses were on my head.

Still, I quickly knew after that fight – after the blood had dried and my nose returned to its normal place – that MMA was the sport for me. I was pushed beyond my limits, physically and emotionally, and yet was still craving more at the end of it all.

I was all fight, not flight.

My March 3 challenger and opponent, Ronda Rousey, has never faced this type of make or break moment during her 4-0 mixed martial arts career. Yes, she was very accomplished as a judo player, winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, but she has yet to taste her own blood in a grueling MMA bout. She’s yet to prove she can battle back from any adversity at all. Questions have never been asked of her.

All four of her MMA wins so far have arrived inside the first minute, and she has yet to face anybody that has so much as tested her, let alone come close to disfiguring her face and beating her. She’s been carefully matched, she’s been pampered and she’s been protected. The truth is, going into this world title fight with me, Ronda is still to discover whether she is even a real fighter.

However, on March 3rd, the night we meet for my STRIKEFORCE world bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey will learn just how hard and horrible the sport of mixed martial arts can be. I will take great pleasure in dragging her into deep waters for the first time in her life and then drowning her there…

For more updates from Miesha Tate, follow here on Twitter @MieshaTate

STRIKEFORCE®: TATE vs. ROUSEY will air live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), while preliminary fights will be shown live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast).

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE®: TATE vs. ROUSEY are on sale now and are priced at $125, $75, $45 and $25. Tickets are available at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, at ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and ticket outlets at Chiller Dublin, Chiller Easton.  Applicable service charges may apply.

 

For more information or the latest STRIKEFORCE news, visit www.strikeforce.com. All bouts live and subject to change.