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 >>
MMA is no stranger to confusing and conflicting rule interpretations these days, and the sport’s most well-known referee says it’s a big problem.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Videos read news >>
Vitor Belfort's final fight inside the Octagon will be against former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt at UFC 212. read news >>
The UFC’s summer return to Dallas is officially jam packed, with two bouts added to UFC 211, including one replacement, bringing the card to 14 fights total. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Bellator announced on Friday that a new Catchweight bout featuring Kevin ‘Baby Slice’ Ferguson Jr. has been added to Bellator 179. read news >>
The card for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale continues to take shape as the UFC announced today four more fights to the card.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
July’s UFC Fight Night 113 lineup has a new bantamweight addition.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
UFC president Dana White on Tuesday confirmed that the next season of The Ultimate Fighter will launch the women's flyweight division and crown a champion. read news >>
Neil Seery will enter the cage for the final time as part of July’s UFC Fight Night 113 event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
UFC officials removed Anderson Silva from the UFC 212 fight card on Thursday, offering refunds to jilted fans. read news >>
Anderson Silva is officially off the UFC 212 fight card. UFC officials announced Silva would be taken off the card Thursday, per MMA Junkie, days after the Brazilian legend announced it himself. "I r read news >>