Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery Conference Call Highlights

“Strikeforce: St Louis” will take place May 15th in St. Louis, Missouri and will be live on Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET and will be delayed on the west coast. On today’s “Strikeforce: St. Louis” conference call Scott Coker, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Silva, Kevin Randleman, and Roger Gracie.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced during the conference call today that Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will not be fighting on May 15th in St. Louis and will most likely be fighting for DREAM May 29th due to the cancellation of the Light Heavyweight tournament.

Coker also announced that former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral will likely return in June and that he will have to see if Gegard Mousasi will fight in DREAM.

Andrei Arlovski made mention that he spent two weeks with the famed American Kickboxing Academy.

“I lost before I stepped into the cage and I didn’t take Rogers seriously,” Arlovski said. “I’m more disciplined right now, no more flying knees like my fight with Emelianenko.”

Antonio Silva stated that the reason for his loss to Werdum, was that he fractured his left hand after a left hook in the second round. “When I put Werdum in trouble and I didn’t keep going with ground and pound, I let him back up,” Silva said.

“I’m pretty sure that this fight is not going to the end,” Silva said on Arlovski. “I’m hoping that it stays standing up. Arlovski is coming from two knock outs and I look to exploit that opening.”

Kevin Randleman said that he hasn’t spoken with long time coach Mark Coleman, and has spent time training in Vegas with the likes of Forrest Griffin and Robert Drysdale. “I don’t think anybody can prepare for Roger Gracie,” Randleman said on the fight.

Roger Gracie indicated during the press conference that he had not been spent much time training his striking recently, but he went to train at Renzo Gracie’s gym in New York. “I haven’t trained my striking that much but enough, but enough I think. Also Roger stated that he had only spent four weeks of training mma for his bout with Randleman.


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