Strikeforce schedules stacked card for final show ever in Oklahoma City

Adding to the blockbuster announcement that Ronda Rousey and now Miesha Tate will join the UFC as the first two female fighters comes the confirmation that Strikeforce will officially close doors after a January 12th blowout show. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated the following in a press release, courtesy of MMAFighting.com:

“We’ve built an absolutely stacked card for Oklahoma City and the Showtime viewers. We have three awesome title fights featuring some of the best fighters to ever grace the Strikeforce cage. Plus, we have Daniel Cormier, one of the fastest-rising heavyweight stars today, returning to his roots in Oklahoma to fight Dion Staring. January 12 is going to be a really special night.”

The show is set to feature all of the current champions under the Strikeforce banner, and also a bout with their most popular current fighter, Daniel Cormier. Here is how the main card has stacked up so far:

Lightweight championship: Gilbert Milendez vs. Pat Healy
Welterweight chamionship: Nathan Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Middleweight championship: Luke Rockhold vs. Lorenz Larkin
Heavyweight bout: Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring

So, with Strikeforce being gutted and slowly left to die after Zuffa purchased the promotion in 2011, news had been circling that the doors would soon be closed. At least all of the champions have a chance for one last bout before making their way over to the UFC. It will be interesting to see how they fare against the world’s top competition, and it appears Nate Marquardt will make his way back to the Octagon by default. There is top competition left in SF such as Milendez and Cormier, but he seems to be fighting a relatively unknown opponent in Dion Staring. It appears he is merely fulfilling his much talked-about contractual obligations, because this fight is far from the Frank Mir bout he originally had scheduled for earlier this month. What are your thoughts on something we have seen coming for quite some time now?


13 Comments

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    thealex

    November 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    bout time

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    KeithFarrell

    November 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    An amazing, historic line up to send off one of the best MMA promotions we’ve yet seen

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    Brasil

    November 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    What about Jacare???? Why is he not fighting Rockhold??? and Who that fucx is this guy fighting Cormier?

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    TheRealDeal

    November 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Final card? Shocker. Gee, I didn’t say that was coming more than 27 or 28 times……..since the day the UFC bought them.

    Stacked card? LOL. What a joke.

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    godsofwararise

    November 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Finally we might be able to see Melendez vs Alvarez and that too in the UFC. That would be a great debut fight for both guys, with the winner getting a title shot.

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    Brian Cox

    November 10, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing Marquardt back in the UFC @ 170. The WW division is already stacked and with the recent addition of Maia and Marquardt (coming, I’m sure), it’s only getting deeper and better.

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    colonel

    November 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Dion Staring will destroy Cormier but don’t mark my words

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    KeithFarrell

    November 10, 2012 at 1:41 am

    lol so negative and wow you must be a prophet to realise SF was going to fold.
    Saying this isn’t a stacked card is stupid… they have all their champs on it and 4 guys who are universally ranked top 10s.

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    KeithFarrell

    November 10, 2012 at 1:41 am

    loool weakers weak for anything

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    jdnextchamp

    November 10, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Fantastic idea!!! Like a super-fight leading to a super-super-fight ahah

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    jdnextchamp

    November 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

    “stacked” = 4 relevant fighters

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    Chief Don

    November 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    This is as stacked as SF can be without RR on the card so hooray for Scott and crew for this one. There are several notable names I would’ve liked to seen on it, Barnett to say the least but what it is is what it is. It was a good run and will be missed by all the Zuffa-haters of this world

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    Krogan

    November 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Shocked, not like this was a given when Zuffa bought the company.

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