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Gus Johnson calls Cage Potato editor Mike Russell, in response an email Russell sent to Scott...

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Gus Johnson calls Cage Potato editor Mike Russell, in response an email Russell sent to Scott Coker, in which he questioned Johnson's MMA commentating abilities: "Scott Coker forwarded me your email. Where do you get off saying that to my boss? Writing it on your website is one thing, but you contacted my boss to ask him about it," a growingly more aggressive version of the man pictured above asserted. "Now it's personal and you need to be accountable." "Do you even train? If you’re as credible of a journalist as you say you are, you can’t take the opinions of people on the Internet to heart, without talking to somebody who knows what they’re talking about — me included. I take jiu-jitsu three times a week. I know the difference between a kimura, an armbar, a reverse armbar and an Americana from side control, because I study it," he asserted. "As far as people saying that I damaged the image of the sport because of what I said about the shit that went down Saturday night, if anything, it was me trying to make an excuse for these idiots going out on national television and pulling what they did after the card was over. It’s obvious that it happens. People don't need to hear it from me to know that it happens. We've all seen it. I state the obvious, and that’s obvious." I take a lot of criticism, but I try my best to try to help promote this fucking sport, when nobody else, including television executives could give two shits because they think it’s barbaric and it’s filled with a bunch of hoodlums, which is exactly how it looked to everyone watching the show Saturday night. I don’t really care about the 'growing opinion', because there’s another side that isn’t going to feel that way [about me]," Johnson explained. "There are certain messageboards and websites where people don’t feel that way at all. The problem with MMA is that these Internet guys ruin the sport because they’re negative 90 percent of the time. I’ve looked at them. if we give everyone a voice, we wouldn’t get anything accomplished. I try to say as many good things about these athletes in this sport on a network level — not on an underground level or a Spike TV cable level or a pay-per-view level. This is actual television and nobody knows if they’re going to pull the plug on this thing. If that happens, then everyone will lose money." "My job isn't to promote the sport. I’m paid to give my opinion and to describe what I see and it’s my opinion that the guys they had Jake fight were supposed to beat him. That's how I see it. I said it, so I believe it. That’s disrespect. Do you mean to tell me that Strikeforce didn’t bring a former Pride champion [like] Dan Henderson in to beat Jake Shields? Come on, man. I'm also not blaming Miller for what happened," he said. "Mayhem didn’t do anything that Shane Mosely hasn’t done, or other fighters who aren’t a part of the main event of the card who get in the cage or the ring to hype a future fight haven't done hundreds of times before. Floyd Mayweather wins a fight and Shane Mosley comes into the ring as soon as it’s over and asks when you gonna give me a fight, man? It always happens. That’s not a big deal. The reaction from Gilbert and Jake and all these guys was what was the big deal. It was improper, and to be honest, it was shameful." HT: CagePotato Strikeforce: Nashville coverage

CBS's Kelly Kahl tells MMA Weekly that Strikeforce will broadcast its next network event in April,...

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CBS's Kelly Kahl tells MMA Weekly that Strikeforce will broadcast its next network event in April, with a card that will include Fedor Emelianenko and new acquisition, Dan Henderson. "We’re looking at a few different dates and there are venue considerations," said Kahl. The card will air in its usual Saturday at 9 p.m. ET slot, with a tape-delayed broadcast on the West Coast. "Coming off a successful November show, we look forward to being back in the cage," he said. This Fan Shot was promoted to the front page by Nick Thomas. Strikeforce on CBS In April coverage

News is that the UFC has banned Clinch Gear (Dan Henderson's MMA Clothing line) after UFC 105....

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News is that the UFC has banned Clinch Gear (Dan Henderson's MMA Clothing line) after UFC 105. There was a good amount of Clinch Gear shown throughout the CBS Strikeforce broadcast, but most likely this is the byproduct of failed negotiations between Dan Henderson and the UFC. There is also a strong rumor that the UFC has banned RVCA after they sponsored Fedor and appeared on the CBS Strikeforce card as well, though the brand has close ties with BJ Penn, so it would definitely be an interesting scenario if the rumor is true. Update: a well-placed source within the mma apparel industry indicates that they have heard the same as well, regarding RVCA. Will keep you guys updated. HT: Josh Gross for Clinch Gear Story

Blockbuster MMA event Strikeforce comes to Japan via live webcast › Japan Today: Japan News and D...

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Blockbuster MMA event Strikeforce comes to Japan via live webcast › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion Chicago’s Sears Centre Arena will explode with a high-profile event on Saturday Nov 7, showcasing four main bouts, pitting the legendary Fedor Emelianenko against undefeated challenger Brett Rogers, as well as Gegard Mousasi vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, and others. The good news for fans in Japan is that the action simultaneously begins Sunday, Nov 8 at 11 a.m. JST. Get ready to experience web TV like you never have before. The CBS nationwide broadcast will be transmitted by satellite to Japan and streamed on the Internet to bring a high quality, full-screen experience—free of charge. This is the first time an event by partner American leagues Strikeforce and M-1 Global will be brought to fans in Japan live on the Internet at japan.m-1global.com. Although the website is accessible globally, video will be viewable only to residents of Japan. Related news and videos can be found on the CBS Sports, Strikeforce, and M-1 Global websites. http://japan.m-1global.com/

CBS Happy With Advertisement Sales For Nov. 7th CBS Strikeforce Show. The Reason? Fedor. "I think...

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CBS Happy With Advertisement Sales For Nov. 7th CBS Strikeforce Show. The Reason? Fedor. "I think (Fedor) made it a lot easier for our sales guys and our sales are going very, very well for this fight," said Kahl. "To be able walk in with a presentation and show Fedor shows a credibility and it speaks volumes to have a world-class fighter and maybe the best in the world. I think it certainly made it an easier sell than maybe we’ve had in the past." Kahl said movies studios, automobile purveyors, and video game companies are among those that have bought commercial slots. "EA Sports is unveiling a preview of their MMA game in this fight exclusively," said Kahl. "In terms of getting mainstream sports reporters interested, Fedor gives us the credibility that maybe we didn’t have before.

EA Sports MMA will make their debut on CBS for the Nov. 7th Strikeforce event. It seems that...

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EA Sports MMA will make their debut on CBS for the Nov. 7th Strikeforce event. It seems that besides EA being a huge sponsor for Strikeforce and the show, Strikeforce will use the EA Sports video game during the fight breakdown and strategy preview before the fights. (Pic of footage in comments section)

STRIKEFORCE: NOVEMBER 7, 2009 ON SHOWTIME Sears Centre in Chicago, Illinois CBS TELEVISED FIGHT...

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STRIKEFORCE: NOVEMBER 7, 2009 ON SHOWTIME Sears Centre in Chicago, Illinois CBS TELEVISED FIGHT CARD: Fedor Emelianenko (30-1) vs. Brett Rogers (10-0) Jake Shields (23-4-1) vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller (22-6) [SF MW Title] Gegard Mousasi (26-2-1) vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (7-4) Fabricio Werdum(13-4) vs. Antonio Silva (13-1) NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD: Marloes Coenen (16-3) vs Erin Toughill (10-2) CBS Reserve Bout Jeff Curran (29-12) vs. Sam Thao (4-1) Shamar Bailey (9-1) vs. John Kolosci (10-5) Mark Miller (9-5) vs. Deray Davis (5-1) Christian Uflacker (2-0) vs. Jonatas Novaes (4-2) Louis Taylor (4-0) vs. Nate Moore (2-1)

Fedor vs Rogers Booked For Nov. 7th On CBS The previously announced fight between Fedor...

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Fedor vs Rogers Booked For Nov. 7th On CBS The previously announced fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers for the generally recognized heavyweight championship of mixed martial arts will take place on November 7 and be broadcast on CBS, not on Showtime, making it by far the biggest MMA fight ever to be broadcast on network television. A source with knowledge of the discussions confirmed the booking to FanHouse after it was first reported by MMA Weekly. No venue for the fight has been announced yet. The decision to broadcast the fight on CBS represents an aggressive move by the network to push its MMA programming, and is a major coup for Strikeforce and M-1 Global, which are co-promoting the fight. It also represents the strongest statement yet that Strikeforce and M-1 Global are working hard to establish themselves as the biggest promotion in MMA, and not just the No. 2 promotion to the UFC. HT: MMAFanhouse

Kimbo Slice and his brother. A shot I took while milling around the fighter check-in for EliteXC's upcoming Saturday Night Fights at the Prudential Center on CBS. View the whole album here.

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Kimbo Slice and his brother. A shot I took while milling around the fighter check-in for EliteXC's upcoming Saturday Night Fights at the Prudential Center on CBS. View the whole album here.

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