Just days before Strikeforce holds their finale event another now former fighter for the promotion has been scheduled to make their UFC debut. After two split decisions under his belt, including a win over Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante in his lightweight debut, Valle-Flagg will face Yves Edwards at UFC 156.
The first week on the year seemed awfully quiet in the MMA world, maybe it was the holiday hangover but thankfully the weekend brought fans Invicta FC 4. This weekend though is when things really begin to take off in the month of January. Strikeforce will hold their final event on Showtime before the ZUFFA owned promotion rolls into the UFC.
One week from today Strikeforce will hold their final event before the company joins the ranks of the WEC and Pride FC. The Strikeforce fighters will either be absorbed into the UFC or they will be looking for work elsewhere. Though the promotion has been on a downwards spiral for sometime now, the once considered #2 MMA promotion in the US still has some top tier talent.
The 2012 year ended with a barrage of event in December, including UFC 155 that would reshape to the top of the heavyweight MMA rankings. Junior Dos Santos defended his title in a rematch against Cain Velasquez in the night’s main event with the challenger avenging his only loss and recapturing the title.
The first month of 2013 starts out pretty slow in regards to MMA. Fans don’t get a major event until the second Saturday of the month when Strikeforce bids farewell with one final event on January 12th. It’s not until the third week when things really begin to pick up as Bellator’s eight season kicks off on Spike, The Ultimate fighter 17 begin and back to back Saturdays of UFC action.
Well yet another year has come and gone, 2012 was an odd year for MMA but the year will not easily be forgotten. This year saw the UFC all over network TV, Bellator stumble its way into next year and smaller promotions like RFA, LFC and XFC make a name for themselves. Unfortunately it also saw Strikeforce take a nosedive and the UFC cancel an event for the first time.
Mixed Martial Artist Ronda Rousey has had a pretty good year. She won the Strikeforce bantamweight championship in March, successfully defended it in August and then became the first female champion in the UFC earlier this month. As if things couldn't get better for the undefeated Judoka, she’s been voted as one of the world’s most desirable woman.
Two days before the UFC on FOX 5 takes place in the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington the UFC held a press conference. Oddly enough the news that came out of this press conference had little to nothing to do with the fights on Saturday night.