Strikeforce Results: Saffiedine, Cormier, Barnett victorious in Oklahoma City

Strikeforce celebrated its farewell event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, headlined by the Welterweight title collision between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine.

Marquardt was coming as a big favorite for this fight, but Saffiedine surprised with a well-calculated performance that saw him dominating the fight in every aspect of Mixed Martial Arts. Saffiedine finishes his Strikeforce run as the Welterweight champion, with sights making a statement inside the UFC Octagon, while Nate Marquardt will have to wait to learn the future direction of his career.

Top 10 Heavyweight star Daniel Cormier had no problems dealing with Dion Staring inside the cage. Staring proved he’s a tough man to beat, but Cormier was dominating every second of the fight, forcing the referee to stop the action via TKO in Round 2.

Similar to Cormier, Josh Barnett made a quick work of his opponent inside the cage. Barnett’s fight ended with an Arm Triangle finish in Round 1. Speaking post-fight, The Warmaster stated he’s unclear about his future with the UFC, but added that he’s prepared to bring death on everyone standing on his way to glory.

Other results include Gegard Mousasi’s victory over Mike Kyle (who has later announced his retirement from pro MMA competition), and Jacare Souza’s submission of Ed Herman in the main card opener.

Main Card:

Tarec Saffiedine defeats Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 x2)

Daniel Cormier defeats Dion Staring by TKO at 4.02mins of Rd2

Josh Barnett defeats Nandor Guelmino by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2.11mins of Rd1

Gegard Mousasi defeats Mike Kyle by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4.09mins of Rd1

Ronaldo Souza defeats Ed Herman by submission (kimura) at 3.10mins of Rd1


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    January 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

    i think nate over looked tarec on his way back to the ufc

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    January 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

    So glad Nate lost, he was making such a boring fight in the first 2 rounds.

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    January 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

    By the way. This is wrong "Tarec Saffiedine defeats Tarec Saffiedine by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 x2)"
    He defeated nate marquardt not himself.

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    January 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Everything on this played out as expected, with every big favourite destroying their opponents… Except Marquardt who has devastated his career with this loss – a long time MW contender who often choked or simply couldn't suceed in his important fights moved weight class and debuted in great fashion, making everyone think this might be where Marquardt could excel but he disappoints once again against a good opponent but one who was ranked nowhere near top 10.

    KJ Noons also lost to the underdog but.only in the judges eyes… Can you say robberg

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    January 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Mousasi was most impressive, and I had no idea Barnett was such an ass. What a creep.

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    January 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I was really starstruck by Barnett having such an easy time against his opponent. Guelmino literally could not have given up that choke any easier.

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