Redemption Song

Coming off two tough losses on Strikeforce cards, Jason Von Flue is stepping back into an MMA cage this coming Saturday to face Brett Cooper (5-4-0) for the Pure Combat Welterweight title.

This fight will be Von Flue’s first away from the national spotlight in over two years as he had been fighting for the UFC and Strikeforce since January 2006.

Von Flue first arrived on the mainstream MMA scene as an injury replacement on The Ultimate Fighter 2 and made some noise by picking up a win over Jorge Gurgel. A loss in the semifinals to Joe Stevenson eliminated the San Luis Obispo native from the show, however, he would end up fighting three more times for the UFC.

While Von Flue has been fighting for close to nine years, he still has a lot to prove – particularly against two fighters. A nasty cut suffered in a match versus Cung Le forced the referee to call off his match against the San Jose fighter only 43 seconds into their bout. To say Von Flue would like a rematch against Cung Le would be a huge understatement.

Also, Von Flue and current TUF 6 cast member, Mac Danzig, fought to a draw over three years ago on a Gladiator Challenge show and he is certainly hoping to settle his score with Danzig once and for all.

I spoke to Von Flue about his upcoming fight, his future with Strikeforce and why he thinks the San Jose-based promotion is afraid to grant him a rematch with Cung Le.


Jason Von Flue – 11/25/07