Cormier Keeps His Focus Where It Belongs: On Dion Staring
Over the last few weeks, Daniel Cormier has fielded questions on a number of topics: going to the UFC after his final fight in Strikeforce this Saturday, Strikeforce closing its doors, moving to 205 pounds eventually, and a cancelled fight with Frank Mir. It seems like the only thing the two-time US Olympic wrestler hasn’t been asked about is the man who will be trying to punch him in the face this weekend in Oklahoma City, Dion Staring.
Kurt Holobaugh set to meet Pat Healy at 'Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine'
Undefeated lightweight Kurt Holobaugh (7-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) is expected to meet Pat Healy (28-16 MMA, 6-1 SF) at Strikeforce's final event.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the bout, though contracts have yet to be signed.
The fight serves on the Showtime Extreme-televised portion of "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine," which takes place Jan. 12 at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City.
Dana White Talks About the End of Strikeforce – “I’m So Glad It’s Over”
The long, slow painful death of Strikeforce will finally come to an end on Jan. 12, and UFC President Dana White is glad the whole ordeal is coming to a close.
When Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, first purchased Strikeforce there were high hopes to keep the promotion running as a sister organization with fight cards airing on Showtime, and a completely separate roster of fighters.
Unfortunately a rough relationship with Showtime never got smoother, and Dana White’s hopes to influence and build the promotion just did not come to fruition. Now the former San Jose based promotion will soon land in the organizational graveyard alongside Pride Fighting Championships, and many others that couldn’t survive when push came to shove.
“I’m so glad it’s over,” White said on Thursday about the demise of Strikeforce...
Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez likely to get quick title shot in UFC
LAS VEGAS – Now that the fate of Strikeforce has been determined, the fates of many of its marquee fighters are starting to trickle out.
For lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, that could wind up meaning an instant title shot against UFC champion Benson Henderson.
UFC President Dana White on Thursday told a small group of reporters following a pre-event news conference for UFC 155 that Strikeforce's top fighters will be making their way to the UFC now that the promotion officially will fold following its final show – a Jan. 12 card in Oklahoma City.
Strikeforce import Caros Fodor meets Sam Stout at UFC 157
Yet another Strikeforce fighter has been booked for his UFC debut as six-time Strikeforce veteran Caros Fodor (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Sam Stout (18-8-1 MMA, 7-7 UFC) at UFC 157.
The bout was first reported by The Canadian Press' Neil Davidson and later confirmed by UFC officials.
UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and features a main event women's bantamweight title fight between champ Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Fodor vs. Stout is expected to take place in the evening's preliminary card.
Strikeforce Announces Full Card For Final Event On Showtime
welterweight champion and seasoned UFC® veteran Nate Marquardt will defend his title against current number one contender Tarec Saffiedine on Saturday, Jan. 12 as STRIKEFORCE® visits Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. In the night’s co-main event, Oklahoma State University All-American wrestler and STRIKEFORCE Grand Prix heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier takes on kickboxing veteran Dion Staring. The event will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) as part of the premium network’s Free Preview Weekend whereby more than 80 million households nationwide will have access to SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and more.
This will mark the final STRIKEFORCE event on SHOWTIME.
• Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett meets Austrian powerhouse Nandor Guelmino
• Former light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi takes on the heavy-handed Mike Kyle
• Former middleweight champ “Jacare” Souza faces UFC star Ed Herman
• Top lightweight contender Pat Healy will be in action against an opponent yet to be determined
• Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Roger Gracie takes on talented striker Anthony Smith at middleweight
• U.S. Army Ranger Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Smith in a fight involving top middleweights
• Elite kickboxer KJ Noons meets second-generation star Ryan Couture in a lightweight matchup
• Cincinnati’s Jorge Gurgel is set to battle Brazilian prospect Adriano Martins at lightweight
• At lightweight, winner of four straight Estevan Payan vs. Team Alpha Male’s Michael Bravo
The Fact of the Matter is Michael Bisping is the Unofficial Strikeforce Middleweight Champion
“Are they gonna come over and be number one contenders? Are they gonna come in and take the belt? I don’t think so. You’re in Strikeforce, come over to the UFC and earn your place.”
As a matter of fact… yes fact… Bisping believes Rockhold’s belt rightfully belongs around his waist.
“Let me put it like this,” said the brash Brit. “I’ve sparred with Luke Rockhold recently and let’s just say, I’m the unofficial Strikeforce champion.
“These are the facts.”
STRIKEFORCE'S JOSH BARNETT BELIEVES RETURN TO UFC WOULD SILENCE SOME CRITICS
Josh Barnett doesn't care whether his opponent is from Austria or Middle-earth.
After six months of waiting and recovering, Barnett (31-6 MMA, 2-1 SF) is happy that Nandor Guelmino (11-3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) agreed to meet him at "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine," which takes place Jan. 12 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
"All my friends are like, 'Nandor … is he an ork? Is he from Mordor?'" Barnett told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't know about that, but either way, he's going to try and mess me up."
Landing in the UFC or in another upstart promotion isn't of major concern to Barnett, but he said there are journalists and fans he'd like to prove wrong by returning to the octagon.
"I would love to see the look on some folks' faces ... being someplace where, one, I've already been, even though people may not know it, and two, a place that a lot of folks never thought they'd see me again," he said.
Josh Barnett meets Nandor Guelmino at Strikeforce in January
The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist will meet Nandor Guelmino on the promotion's Jan. 12 event, which is expected to be its swan song. MMA Fighting confirmed the booking with sources close to the event after MMA Junkie first reported it.
The relatively-unknown Guelmino (11-3) will be making his Strikeforce debut. Guelmino, born in Vienna, Austria, has won his last seven fights in a row.