Following Cris “Cyborg” Santos’ win over Gina Carano on Aug. 15, Strikeforce’s Scott Coker identified Dutch fighter Marloes Coenen as Santos’ likely next opponent and FIGHT! Magazine’s Danny Acosta will help you get acquainted.
Here’s what you need to know about Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos:
She is 24 years old.
She went 4-1 on cards in Sao Paolo and Curitaba, Brazil in 2005 and 2006 before signing on with EliteXC in 2008.
She stands a very good chance of absolutely wrecking Gina Carano on Aug. 15.
Daniel Cormier, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, two-time U.S. Olympic Wrestler and six-time U.S. Senior National Champion is officially launching a career in mixed martial arts. The freestyle wrestler competed the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and traveled to the 2008 Games in Beijing before having to withdraw due to dehydration. According to his new management agency, Zinkin Entertainment, Cormier will train at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose under “Crazy” Bob Cook, Javier Mendez and Dave Camarillo. The wrestler cut weight to compete at 96 kilos, or 211.5 pounds, so he will likely fight at light heavyweight.
Team England’s Ian Butlin and Team France’s Maktar Gueye met briefly on June 6 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The bell sounded and nine seconds later the two fighters were headed in opposite directions. Butlin was crumpled in a heap, the victim of Gueye’s wicked-quick hands, and the French fighter had become a hot prospect.
I had a chance to talk with Butlin following the fight and he was such a great character that I was hoping to see him again. Unfortunately lingering facial injuries forced the 30-year-old into retirement, but his fight with Gueye is one of five that will be featured on tonight’s episode of the M-1 Challenge at 8 p.m. EST on HDNet.
After trying to come up with a rationale for posting this we decided we didn’t need one. Tune in to Strikeforce on Showtime on Aug. 15 for Carano vs. Cyborg, Mousasi vs. Sobral and more.
Due to some technical problems, we didn’t get this video up until right before the fights but we still think it’s worth watching. Dan Hornbuckle banished Akihiro Gono to the land of wind and ghosts with a high kick at Sengoku Ninth Battle. Go here to learn more about “the best welterweight you’ve never heard of,” and check out some of Akihiro Gono’s best entrances.
Resembling a battle-ready version of Ashton Kutcher with a so-called “warhawk” hairstyle, Dan “The Handler” Hornbuckle is hoping to garner as much attention as possible as he heads into Sengoku 9, where he will face MMA veteran Akihiro Gono.
August 2 will mark the second time that Hornbuckle has traveled to the land of the Rising Sun to fight. Like most fighters who have made the journey, Hornbuckle has only positive things to say about the experience.
“Up until recently, fans in the United States didn’t really revere fighters as Samurai warriors, but that’s how they view you in Japan. While we’re watching Sunday afternoon football in America, they’re watching Sunday afternoon fighting,” says Hornbuckle with a chuckle. And according to “The Handler,” it is precisely this type of admiration that makes the sacrifices of being a fighter more worthwhile. “When you’re walking the streets, it’s a very cool feeling when you have people coming up to you with smiles saying, ‘Oh, Sengoku-san! Sengoku-san!’ and wanting pictures,” he says.
Boasting a record of 17-2 and battling his second “big name” opponent in as many fights in Sengoku, Hornbuckle is on the verge of receiving the same treatment in the streets of America. “Where I would hope to eventually end up is the UFC, because that’s where the most elite fighters are,” says Hornbuckle. “I know I have a few fights left before I can just go romping around into that top level, but I feel like I’m taking all the right steps. Everybody needs experience and that’s why I’m not discounting where I am right now in Sengoku. There are many good fighters in Japan, including Gono, who just got out of the UFC. My experience with him will be used as a measuring stick of where I stand, and I’ll make adjustments accordingly.”
But until then, this Sengoku-san will enjoy his time in Japan. “When two men enter a ring and they mix all martial arts together and compete, that’s very pure,” says Hornbuckle. “I wanna prove to myself that MMA is born into me and I want to help the sport grow and be remembered as one of those foundational pillars that helps bring MMA to that next level.”