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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 packed with violence. Let's take a look at the final 3 stars edition in Strikeforce history.
1st Star - Tarec Saffiedine
A UFC title shot against friend and training partner Georges St. Pierre seemed to be on the horizon for Nate Marquardt. Nate was a 3 to 1 favorite to take out the Belgian "Sponge" in the final Strikeforce bout of all-time. Unfortunately, for "The Great" one, instead of leaving Oklahoma as the final Welterweight Champion in the promotional history, he'd leave with one of the most brutalized left legs we've ever seen in the sport.
I couldn't tell ...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
EYE ON THE PRIZE
Daniel Cormier easily disposed of Dion Staring in Strikeforce's final card. He called out Jon Jones and Frank Mir after his fight.
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.
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...
(Photo by Dave Mandel for Sherdog.com) Nate Marquardt’s leg definitely took a beating last night. Check out the day after shot on his twitter account here. Ouch.
Press Release via UFC -
NEW YORK’S JON JONES DEFENDS UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST RIVAL CHAEL SONNEN AT UFC® 159 UFC®
159: JONES vs. SONNEN
Prudential Center – Newark, N.J.
Saturday, April 27
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UFC light heavyweight champion and New Yorker Jon “Bones” Jones returns to Prudential Center...
The Octagon’s graphics department brought the heat with their work on UFC 158′s event poster. Unfortunately, their follow-up effort leaves a lot to be desired.
Nonetheless, the official billboard for “UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen” gets the job done.
Reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones defends his throne against Chael Sonnen on April 27th inside Prudential Center in...
Did you miss Strikeforce’s final event, despite the fact Showtime was offering it during their free weekend preview? No worries, because we’ve located the highlights from “Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” for your viewing pleasure.
The card was jammed packed full of underdogs, but only one longshot managed to pull through. And wouldn’t you know it, the upset special...
Congratulations to Tanya Simmons who won our Strikeforce: Marquardt vs Saffiedine Pick 'Em Contest via tiebreaker (she was the only person who picked the main event winner correctly). Our netx Pick 'Em Contest will be for UFC on FX: Belfort vs Bisping on Jan 19th. Thanks for playing!
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...
Tarec Saffiedine: $39,000 (includes $19,500 win bonus) def. Nate Marquardt: $40,000 Daniel Cormier: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Dion Staring: $8,000 Josh Barnett: $250,000 (no win bonus) def. Nandor Guelmino: $12,000 Gegard Mousasi: $175,000 (no win bonus) def. Mike Kyle: $25,000 Ronaldo Souza: $100,500 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Ed Herman: $34,000 Ryan Couture: [...]