Darrill Schoonover is out of Shark Fights 21 main event against former WWE Bobby Lashley

Shark Fights- Boobby Lashley vs Darrill Schoonover "Schoonover Out!

According to MMA Junkie Darrill Schoonover is out of Shark Fights 21 main event! Who’s gonna rep Texas and fill this main event slot??

Darrill Schoonover out at Shark Fights 21, Bobby Lashley awaits new opponent
A shoulder injury has forced Shark Fights heavyweight champ Darrill Schoonover (11-5) to withdraw from a fight with Bobby Lashley (6-1) in the headliner of Shark Fights 21.

Sources close to the event today broke the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said the search for a replacement is underway. Additionally, a source said the headliner is expected to remain a title fight, though details on the bout’s status could not be confirmed.

Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.

Lashley, who recently signed a three-fight deal with Shark Fights, hasn’t fought since a decision victory over John Ott at Titan Fighting Championships 17 in March. The victory followed his first and only career loss: a second-round TKO (via retirement) to Chad Griggs at “Strikeforce: Houston.”

Schoonover, who’s perhaps best known as a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” recently snapped a five-fight losing skid with a first-round TKO victory over Adam Padilla at a regional show in Texas. All 11 of wins have come via stoppage (six via knockout and five via submission).

A replacement is expected to be announced shortly. Check back with MMAjunkie.com for updates as they become available.

Source MMA Junkie

STRIKEFORCE WORLD GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FIGHTERS SPEAK ON THIS SATURDAY’S EVENT

PRESS RELEASE: Dallas, TX – June 15, 2011

STRIKEFORCE® WORLD GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT FIGHTERS SPEAK ON THIS SATURDAY’S EVENT

Las Vegas– STRIKEFORCE® WORLD GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT spoke with media today at a press conference held at the American Airlines Center. Fighters in attendance offered their thoughts on their opponents, as well as the event itself. STRIKEFORCE® WORLD GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT takes place at the American Airlines Center on Saturday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. CT.

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE® WORLD GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT are still available and can be purchased at the American Airlines Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

Saturday’s STRIKEFORCE World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament fights will air live on SHOWTIME along with three additional non-tournament bouts at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Quote highlights from today’s press conference:

Alistair Overeem

“I was here in the U.S. in February when my brother fought and it felt very much like home, so I am pretty relaxed. I know there is a lot of attention from all over the world for this fight. I am very prepared and very eager to show everyone what I can do.”

Farbricio Werdum

“I fought Overeem four years ago. It’s a different time now. I have more experience and Overeem does too. Overeem has shown he is the best, he beat everyone in K-1, but I am the best too.”

Brett Rogers

“Josh is another big man that is going to want to take me down to the ground and force me to display some ground work. I’ve been doing MMA for six years. I need to have top to bottom skills. If push comes to shove and he takes me down, I need to get myself back up and finish it standing.”

Josh Barnett

“I don’t want to look at Brett’s punching power. I don’t want to know how hard he hits at all. I am hoping to not get hit as much as possible.”

“Everybody likes to see a tournament unfold. Almost all of our major sporting events are determined by a tournament. Tournaments are how the Olympics sort out their sports as well. It’s exciting. They put out odds and favorites of who is going to make it through, but until they get out there and fight, you just don’t know. This tournament gives the opportunity to take collectively the best heavyweights in the world and see how they come out.

KJ Noons

“Masvidal is a very exciting fighter. He picks his shots and he’s not a person that you can just run in at. You need to pick your shots. He is well rounded everywhere. Just because someone boxes the full fight doesn’t mean he isn’t well rounded. I have been training for everything and I am ready for everything.”

Jorge Masvidal

“I hope a win over KJ gets me a title shot, but if I have to go out there and fight ten more times then I’ll do that. In this fight I’m looking to turn it up a bit more and make the fans happy.
It’s going to be a good fight.”

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 San Jose, Calif. that currently holds 16 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® Networks, Inc. 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®.

About American Airlines Center
Consistently ranked among the top ten arenas in the world for ticket sales by industry publications, American Airlines Center is home to the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, and the Dallas Vigilantes. Since opening in 2001, American Airlines Center hosts 200 events annually. Some events proudly hosted at American Airlines Center include: NBA All-Star, NHL All-Star, NBA Finals, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, U2, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, UFC 103, Winstar Casino’s BigDNYE, Disney on Ice, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, and many more. Visit www.americanairlinescenter.com for more details.

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STRIKEFORCE®
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702-588-5586
rgrab@strikeforce.com

SHOWTIME Sports®
Chris DeBlasio Annie Van Tornhout
212-708-1633 212-708-1663
Chris.DeBlasio@Showtime.net Annie.VanTornhout@Showtime.net

American Airlines Center
Melissa Mezger
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OFFICIAL SCHEDULE FOR STRIKEFORCE®: OVEREEM VS. WERDUM

OFFICIAL RELEASE: June 14, 2011 – DALLAS, TX

Friday, June 17

5:00 – 6:00pm CT STRIKEFORCE Official Weigh-ins
A.T.&T. Plaza- American Airlines Center
Special Guest: Herschel Walker
Fighters on scale at approximately 5:00pm
*Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, June 18

STRIKEFORCE: OVEREEM vs. WERDUM
American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, TX
6:00pm CT Doors Open
6:30pm CT First Bout
9:00pm CT Live on Showtime
11:00pm CT (Approx.) STRIKEFORCE Concludes
11:30pm CT (Approx.) STRIKEFORCE Post-Fight Press Conference

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 San Jose, Calif. that currently holds 16 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® Networks, Inc. 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.

Strikeforce Challengers 14: “Erik Apple vs. Ryan Larson” fight video

Congrats to Ryan for dominating the fight and gettin’ the win! Also thanks for sportin’ TexasFighting.com!!! Ryan Larson, 2nd round submission, triangle choke.

video credit: Strikeforce, Showtime

PRESS RELEASE: Three more EXCITING FIGHTS added to STRIKEFORCE Challengers Texas

PRESS RELEASE: NEW YORK (Feb. 14, 2011)

THREE MORE EXCITING FIGHTS ROUND OUT
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS EVENT
AT CEDAR PARK CENTER IN CEDAR PARK, TEXAS,
THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 18, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

Matchups Pit California Fighters Bryan Travers, Erik Apple, Tarzan Douglas,
Against Texas’ Carlo Prater, Ryan Larson, Nick Gonzalez, Respectively

NEW YORK (Feb. 14, 2011) – Bryan Travers (14-2), of Bakersfield, Calif., takes on Carlo “Neo’’ Prater (25-10-1) of Bryan, Texas, at a catch weight of 160 pounds, Erik “Bad’’ Apple (10-2), of Laguna Niguel, Calif., will be opposed by local favorite Ryan Larson (5-2), of Austin, Texas, in a welterweight (170 pounds) skirmish and David “Tarzan’’ Douglas (5-2) of Antioch, Calif., takes on Austin fan favorite Nick “The Ghost’’ Gonzalez (16-8, 1 NC) at 150 pounds in featured bouts of a STRIKEFORCE Challengers fight card presented by Rockstar Energy Drink at Cedar Park Center in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, Texas, this Friday, Feb. 18, live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In the main event, unbeaten rising star Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm (15-0) of Spokane, Wash., takes on dangerous veteran Pat “Bam Bam’’ Healy (25-17) of St. Louis. Unbeaten lightweights Ryan Couture (1-0), of Las Vegas, the son of MMA legend Randy Couture, and Houston’s Lee Higgins (2-0) will clash in another televised fight.

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE’s third event in 21 days and second in the Lone Star State are on sale at Cedar Park Center ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and STRIKEFORCE’s official website (www.strikeforce.com).

The first non-televised, undercard fight will begin at 8 p.m. CT. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.
The Californians, Travers, Apple and Douglas will be making their second starts on a STRIKEFORCE Challengers card while the Texans, Prater and Larson will be making their debuts for the San Jose, Calif.-based MMA promotion. Gonzalez will be fighting for STRIKEFORCE for a second time.

A winner in seven of his last eight, the 5-foot-10, 27-year-old Travers is a terrific wrestler who unanimously outpointed Rocky Johnson on Aug. 27, 2010. Travers’ six-fight winning streak was ended in his outing before last by “Bam Bam’’ Healy, who won a decision during a Challengers event May 21, 2010, in Portland, Ore., on SHOWTIME. Travers’ most noteworthy triumph was a unanimous decision over former UFC and IFL vet John Gunderson in May ‘09.

Prater is an eight-year pro and former WEC title challenger. The 6-foot, 29-year-old, who’ll be looking to regain his winning ways in this one, was victorious in his initial 10 starts after turning pro in November ‘02. Last Sept. 10, Prater fought three times during a single-night tournament.

Apple is a skilled wrestler who is gigantic for the division. This will be the 6-footer’s first assignment since a second-round TKO loss (punches) to Bobby Voelker on STRIKEFORCE Challengers on Nov. 20, 2009, on SHOWTIME. In his outing before last, Apple submitted then-highly touted Matt Makowski on Sept. 26, 2008.

Larson, a product of Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Austin, has won by first-round submission in all but one of his victories. A pro since Feb. 10, 2006, he split his two outings in 2010, winning by first-round submission (rear-naked choke) over Anthony Macias on Feb. 27, and losing by an identical result to Derrick Hantz in his last fight on Aug. 20.

Douglas, a member of Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, is a 5-foot-11 non-stop action fighter who has won five out of six, including a second-round TKO (punches) over Dominic Clark in a non-televised match on a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event last Oct. 22 in Fresno, Calif.

Douglas’ most memorable win came against Mongkhon Wiwasuk, aka Malaipet, a Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai champ in Thailand and an extremely dangerous striker, on Sept. 26, 2008, at Santa Ynez, Calif. He rallied to triumph by third-round TKO (punches) in a brawl that featured numerous changes in momentum, exceeded all expectations and, for sheer excitement, was as good as it gets.

Gonzalez is vastly more experienced than Douglas and has fought, among others, former STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson (June 26, 2007, on the undercard of Shamrock-Baroni in San Jose) and Yves Edwards on July 26, 2008. A winner by unanimous decision over Tim Snyder in his last start on Aug. 20, 2010, the 5-foot-6 Gonzalez is 2-0 with one No-Contest dating to August 2009.

The non-televised bouts will feature three promising fighters from Austin: Aaron Lan Franco
(1-0), of Austin, meets Thomas Diagne (1-2), of San Jose, at 155 pounds and in an all-Austin affair of unbeatens, Drew Pendleton (2-0) will be opposed by Dennis Dombrow (2-0) at 145.

About STRIKEFORCE
STRIKEFORCE is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA) series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose. In March 2009, STRIKEFORCE signed a multi-year agreement with SHOWTIME® to stage live events on the premium cable television network. The promotion has since also produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network.