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Sources: Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce Optimistic of Finalizing Deal Soon 0

Sources: Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce Optimistic of Finalizing Deal Soon

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The Fedor Emelianenko-Strikeforce renegotiations are progressing forward, and both sides are optimistic a contract will be finalized soon, sources close to the situation tell MMA Fighting.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a source in Emelianenko’s camp told MMA Fighting that though the process has been and remains complicated, forward momentum makes it appear that a resolution could soon be reached. The source added that a few recent sticking points had been addressed, and while there are still details to iron out, talks continue.

Perhaps most importantly, Emelianenko is itching to get back in the cage.

UFC 112 Lightweight Title Fight Breakdown: B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar 0

UFC 112 Lightweight Title Fight Breakdown: B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar

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B.J. PennSince returning to the UFC as a lightweight for season five of the Ultimate Fighter, B.J. Penn has been as close to perfect in the lightweight division as he possibly could be. Penn has fought five times, won five times, and finished all five opponents.

While he has lost a match during that stretch of time — losing to Georges St. Pierre in a welterweight fight in Jan. 2009 — it’s hard to imagine who can beat Penn at 155. Frankie Edgar gets the next opportunity at the lightweight championship at this weekend’s UFC 112 in the promotion’s maiden voyage to Abu Dhabi.

On paper, Edgar is a longshot; Penn is around a 7-to-1 favorite according to most sports books. Though he’s constructed a strong 6-1 record in the UFC (and 11-1 overall), Edgar is a smallish lightweight who cuts very little to make the 155-pound limit. He is not a hammer-fisted puncher, doesn’t share nearly the submission pedigree as Penn, and isn’t big-match tested. So does he have a realistic chance to win?

Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller to Fight for Strikeforce on CBS 0

Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller to Fight for Strikeforce on CBS

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With less than two weeks to go before Strikeforce returns to CBS, another fighter says he’s been added to the card.

Jason Mayhem Miller, the middleweight who lost to Jake Shields on the last Strikeforce on CBS card, tweeted on Monday night that he will be on the April 17 CBS show. He didn’t provide any further details, but the presence of Miller — a personable guy and a good self-promoter who’s well-known for his role as the host of Bully Beatdown — would ordinarily be expected to help CBS draw viewers.

Renzo Gracie Live Chat 0

Renzo Gracie Live Chat

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Renzo GracieRenzo Gracie will step into the Octagon to take on Matt Hughes on Saturday at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, but before he does he’ll stop right here at MMAFighting.com to chat with readers.

Have a question about Gracie’s fight with Hughes, his long martial arts career, his famous fighting family or his future plans? Ask it right here at our MMAFighting.com live chat, which starts Tuesday at 10AM ET.

Bobby Lashley ‘Fully Prepared’ to Return, but Doesn’t Have a Fight 0

Bobby Lashley ‘Fully Prepared’ to Return, but Doesn’t Have a Fight

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Bobby Lashley says all the right things about wanting to make a successful transition from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts, and about taking his training seriously in an effort to become a star in the cage just like he was in the wrestling ring.

But for fans who have been wondering where Lashley’s career is heading, Lashley has posted a message on his Facebook page that suggests he’s wondering, too.

UFC 110 Replay to Counter Strikeforce 0

UFC 110 Replay to Counter Strikeforce

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As it always does on nights when CBS has shown live mixed martial arts, the UFC will re-play a selection of fights on Spike TV on Saturday night, April 17. This time up it’s UFC 110 that will go head-to-head with Strikeforce.

Spike announced Monday that it will show UFC 110 at 9PM Eastern and Pacific, the same time that CBS is showing the Strikeforce card headlined by Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields.

After Successful Brain Surgery, Thiago Alves Rebooked Against Jon Fitch 0

After Successful Brain Surgery, Thiago Alves Rebooked Against Jon Fitch

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Less than a week after UFC welterweight Thiago Alves had brain surgery, he’s been booked in a fight, as UFC President Dana White confirmed through his Twitter feed that Alves and Jon Fitch will be matched up at UFC 115 in Vancouver.

The two were scheduled to face off at UFC 111 in March when Alves was pulled from the card 48 hours before the show after New Jersey state athletic commission doctors found irregularities in a CAT scan.

MMA Top 10 Pound-for-Pound: Silva, Penn Can Make a Case 0

MMA Top 10 Pound-for-Pound: Silva, Penn Can Make a Case

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B.J. PennUFC 112 on Saturday will be a rare opportunity to see two of the five best pound-for-pound fighters in mixed martial arts on the same card, but it will be more than just that. It will also be an opportunity for both UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn to make a case for being not just top five, but the best fighter in the world.

Right now, I consider Silva the sport’s second-best fighter and Penn the fourth. But they Top 4 fighters are bunched together so tightly that with No. 1 Fedor Emelianenko dragging his feet in scheduling his next fight, a spectacular performance from Silva or Penn could convince me to make a change at the top.

My rankings of the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters heading into UFC 112 are below.

Strikeforce Eyeing June 16 Event, Possibly in Los Angeles 0

Strikeforce Eyeing June 16 Event, Possibly in Los Angeles

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Strikeforce is eyeing a June 16 date for an upcoming live event, a source with knowledge of the situation told MMA Fighting.

Though the date is not yet confirmed, according to the source, it appears that the company has it targeted. A site has yet to be chosen, though the San Jose, Calif., based promotion is leaning towards a show in the Los Angeles area to coincide with the massive E3 entertainment expo.

UFC 112: Arena Photos Show Construction Progress 0

UFC 112: Arena Photos Show Construction Progress

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When it hits Abu Dhabi on April 10 for UFC 112, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will have its first ever outdoor event. The show is taking place at a brand-new stadium, called Concert Arena, that is being designed specifically with UFC events in mind. These photos, taken a week ago, show the progress that the construction project has made.

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