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Well, that didn’t take long. Just three days after Strikeforce closed its doors, the promotion’s two biggest male superstars have been issued their first UFC assignments.
If you’ve kept close tabs on the rumor mill, neither of the bouts should come as a surprise. As expected, now-former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) will get an immediate title shot against reigning UFC 155-pound king Benson Henderson at “UFC on FOX 7.”
The unofficial title unification bout headlines the April 20th event.
In addition, former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champ Daniel Cormier will meet Frank Mir that same evening. The 265-pounders were slated to collide in a November Strikeforce show, but Mir was forced to withdraw with an injury.
The UFC announced both scraps Tuesday afternoon.
According to Cormier, after he beats the former two-time UFC champ in his big league debut, he’ll drop down to light heavyweight and “kick Jon Jones’ ass.”
HP Pavilion in San Jose, California hosts the festivities. FOX will broadcast the main card live beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
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MMA fans will get their first real taste of Strikeforce vs. UFC fights this April…and it will be completely free. The UFC on FOX 7 broadcast will be headlined by two big fights featuring former Strikeforce champions making their UFC debuts.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett shares his opinion on whether or not Strikeforce Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier should stay at heavyweight or drop down to the light-heavyweight...
It’s official, Strikeforce standouts Daniel Cormier and Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez will make the move to the UFC. Both men asked to fight certain opponents and their wishes were granted. Melendez will take on Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight championship and Daniel Cormier will battle former Heavyweight Champ Frank Mir.
UFC Officials announced the two match-ups...
UFC on FOX 7 now has an official main event. Benson Henderson will defend his lightweight belt against Gilbert Melendez, the last Strikeforce lightweight champ. Many fans have been waiting for that fight to go down and now they have a date, April 20th. Also added to that card will be the Strikeforce heavyweight GP [...]
Saturday night would be the final time we would see fighters don those famous red and blue Strikeforce 8 oz. gloves. Oklahoma City, not San Jose where the company was based and saw most of it's memorable moments, would be the setting for the final show in Strikeforce history.
While the promotion didn't exactly go out with a bang, it was a very stellar card from top to bottom...
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir criticizes Daniel Cormier performance against Dion Staring at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine. Cormier, who dominated Staring from the get go, and...
UFC on Fox 7 has already pitted Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez against UFC Champion Benson Henderson. This should finally put to rest who the best 155lb fighter in the world is. Now, they have added Strikeforce Champion Daniel Cormier against HW Gatekeeper, Frank Mir. Cormier is trying to make statements and big fights, but Mir is likely to (as Joe Rogan likes to say...
Nike isn’t simply Jon Jones’ (Pictured) biggest sponsor, their “Just do it” mantra has become a way of life for the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion.
That’s why Jones didn’t bat an eye when Daniel Cormier threatened to “kick his ass” during Saturday’s live Showtime broadcast. While there aren’t many men walking God’s green earth that have dared to challenge...
Since only a handful of people actually tuned into 'Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine' this past Saturday night, SHOsports has decided to post this retrospective narrated by the great Mauro Ranallo. And it's worth checking out. Unfortunately, now all we have to look forward to is a bunch of #StrikeforceNeverDie posts on our Twitter timelines every time a former roster...
Maybe Daniel Cormier is working on a front kick for his upcoming fight with Frank Mir.
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Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez explains the key role current UFC middleweight Jake Shields will play in Nick Diaz's training camp to prepare for Georges St. Pierre at UFC...
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones responds to Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier's recent challenge to Jones following his dominant victory over Dion Staring at...
Daniel Cormier's final fight for Strikeforce turned out to be just an appetizer before the main course. The undefeated Heavyweight Grand Prix champion easily dispatched Dion Staring before letting...
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Daniel Cormier Interrupts Dana White Presser
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Take a look back at the most unforgettable moments of Strikeforce on Showtime featuring some of the biggest names in MMA: Frank Shamrock, Nick Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, Cung Le, Fedor Emelianenko, Gina Carano, Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, and more!