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Here we are nearly 20 months later and the Grand Prix is finally coming to a close. Strikeforce now belongs to Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC. So instead of bringing them to the same level as the UFC, they ended up being purchased by the UFC. Related posts:
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BEST OF MAXIM
Highlighted by two title fights that went the full five rounds, Strikeforce gave fight fans an event that that should prove good enough to keep them talking until next Saturday. Mauro Ranallo breaks down the Barnett vs. Cormier, and Melendez vs. Thomson 3 bouts above from inside of the promotions birthplace, the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
If the third scrap is indeed the last scrap between these two, it just doesn't seem like anything resembling finality has been given.
That's 15 rounds, an hour and fifteen minutes in the books now between these two champions. Three title fights. One unanimous decision victory for each fighter and a split decision victory for Melendez last night in San Jose. In yet another...
Many fans weren’t too thrilled when Strikeforce initially announced the trilogy between Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) and Josh Thomson because the reigning champion had posted such a lopsided victory in their rematch.
Most wondered what the point would be in watching Part III when it would be an exact replay of the sequel?
Well, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker proved the naysayers...
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier coverage h/t - shosports
Athletic apparel and equipment manufacturer (and official UFC sponsor) RYU (Respect Your Universe) will be sponsoring fighter Josh Thomson for his Strikeforce Lightweight Title fight versus Gilbert Melendez at this Saturday's Strikeforce: Barnett vs Cormier event. And to celebrate this partnership, RYU would like to outfit a lucky MMA Manifesto reader in the RYU gear that...
The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final comes to you live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Saturday night, May 19th. MMA veteran Josh Barnett will face the undefeated Daniel Cormier to crown the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner. In the co-main event, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez put his title on the line against rival Josh Thomson.
The main card will be...
"Yeah, sure, whatever."
To truly understand Gilbert Melendez's place among the MMA lightweight elite, you really have to look at that statement, made by Melendez after he beat Josh Thomson by split decision to defend his Strikeforce title in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday night on the main card of Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier.
Melendez is considered by many the...
Gilbert Melendez (20-2) vs. Josh Thomson (19-4)
The Strikeforce lightweight title is up for grabs in a rubber match as the Cesar Gracie pupil Melendez defends his belt against the former titlist Thomson.
Melendez, 30, has been on a tear since avenging his only two losses against Thomson and Mitsuhiro Ishida. The Californian is coming off wins over Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri...
The greatest lightweight in UFC history may be gearing up for a return to the octagon. BJ Penn appears to ready to end his lengthy hiatus from the UFC. Josh Koscheck appears to be the lucky or unlucky fighter who will welcome back the Prodigy in the near future. Related posts:
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Now that “Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final” is officially yesterday’s news, let’s take a look at what the card’s featured fighters had to say about their respective scraps.
Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist Josh Barnett did not attend the post-fight press conference and was unavailable for comment following his lopsided unanimous decision defeat to Daniel Cormier...
The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final will finally come to a conclusion on Saturday night as the veteran Josh Barnett squares off against the undefeated Daniel Cormier. In addition, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will put his title on the line against Josh Thomson in the third meeting between the rivals. Those fighters along with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker addressed...