Zuffa officials Thursday confirmed that Strikeforce’s Jan. 12 event will be its last broadcast on premium cable network Showtime.

The news was originally reported last month, but Zuffa has remained silent on the matter until today. The promotion is also rumored to close its doors for good following the show, though Thursday’s announcement made no mention of that possibility. Headlined by a welterweight title collision between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine, the event takes place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

“Since 2009, Showtime has been a great partner, and we appreciate its support of Strikeforce and our athletes,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said in the official release. “For our final event, we’ve loaded the card with some outstanding fights. This is going to be a memorable night for the sport of mixed martial arts.”

Promotion officials also announced that 13-time UFC veteran Ed Herman will lock horns with Ronaldo Souza, replacing an injured Lorenz Larkin. Additionally, Pat Healy, who was supposed to face Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight belt before “El Nino” withdrew due to injury, will remain on a card against a to-be-named opponent.

Herman, 32, returned to the Octagon last year after a lengthy recovery from knee surgery, posting a trio of victories over Tim Credeur, Kyle Noke and Clifford Starks before running into Jake Shields at UFC 150 this past August. However, “Short Fuse” saw that unanimous decision defeat changed to a no contest after Shields tested positive for a banned substance, thereby erasing the setback from his ledger.

A former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Souza, 33, has won back-to-back fights since relinquishing his belt to reigning king Luke Rockhold last year. “Jacare” showed off his superior submission skills in March, finishing Bristol Marunde with a third-round arm-triangle choke before knocking out Derek Brunson in just 41 seconds on Aug. 18.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Gilbert Burns vs. Paul Felder added to UFC 208 in Brooklyn

  • 27 days ago
  • 13 views

A pair of lightweights looking to rebound from a recent loss is the latest addition to UFC 208.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Two Big Bouts Added to 'ONE: Quest For Power' in Jakarta | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

ONE Championship adds two big bouts to its upcoming 50th event, which will kick off the promotion's 2017 schedule of events. read news >>

Alex Morono vs. Sheldon Westcott added to UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston

  • 23 days ago
  • 4 views

One week after tasting UFC victory, Alex Morono has been booked against a welterweight who’s been on the shelf for nearly a year.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Manager: After Khabib Nurmagomedov 'kills' Tony Ferguson, we're going for big cobra Conor McGregor

  • 20 days ago
  • 53 views

Khabib Nurmagomedov is not yet confirmed to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 209, his manager on Monday told MMAjunkie Radio. The manager said the main thing holding up a potential fight is Ferguson’s care read news >>

Josh Barnett Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Violation | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 12 views

UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett has been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation. UFC officials made the announcement on Tuesday. read news >>

Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen Fight Card Complete with 17 Bouts | MMAWeekly.com

  • 19 days ago
  • 24 views

The stacked main card of “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” has added even more ammo to its arsenal with the news that Derek Campos will face Derek Anderson. read news >>

Dana White Confirms UFC 207 is Mike Goldberg's Final Broadcast | MMAWeekly.com

  • 19 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC president Dana White on Wednesday confirmed that Friday's UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey would be longtime commentator Mike Goldberg's final broadcast. read news >>

Daniel Jolly vs. Khalil Rountree added to UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston

  • 13 days ago
  • 7 views

A light heavyweight clash between a pair of athletes looking for their first octagon win has been added to the UFC’s Super Bowl weekend event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Two New Fights Added to Growing UFC 209 Fight Card | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 36 views

Two new bouts have been added to the UFC 209 pay-per-view fight card taking place on March 4 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. read news >>

Bellator 172 gets 10 new fights, including Cheick Kongo-Oli Thompson, Adam Piccolotti-Brent Primus

  • 12 days ago
  • 12 views

Bellator officials have announced 10 new matchups for February’s Bellator 172 event, including a key heavyweight contest, as well as a meeting of undefeated lightweights.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>