Though the future of the promotion is always in question, Strikeforce continues to crank out high-quality fights with their remaining roster, Saturday’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Kennedy being no exception. Two titles are on the line, as Luke Rockhold finally meets Tim Kennedy in defense of his Middleweight title, while Nate Marquardt and Tyron Woodley will vie for the vacant Welterweight title. Showtime subscriptions are expensive though, so let's try to make a bit of cash to pay that cable bill.
What a year Strikeforce has had with the heavyweight grand prix, being bought by ZUFFA and most recently signing a new deal with Showtime for 2012. The promotion closed their year out with a fight card filled with lightning quick finishes, grinding decisions and two dominate champions retaining their titles.
Four fighters from Saturday’s Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Mavidal card were handed down indefinite suspensions this week from the California State Athletic Commission. The rough night of fights resulted in 10 fighters overall receiving suspensions ranging from 45 days to 180 days.
As the final Strikeforce event of the 2011 came to a close the resounding question echoing throughout the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California was “who’s next?” The two champions on the card last night had their hand raised in victory but have now essentially cleared out their respective divisions and what’s on the horizon for them is unknown.
If you missed the news, Strikeforce has signed a new deal with Showtime and the promotion will put on up to eight shows next year. Before that new deal kicks into gear the promotion has one final event of 2011 this weekend as Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal hit San Diego, California.
With UFC pulling talent from Strikeforce in the near future, we're treated to possibly one of the last shows with big name fighters. The main event for this card is lightweight whirlwind Gilbert Melendez in the last defense of his title, taking on underrated fighter Jorge Masvidal. While the future of the title itself is grim, this is a fight that will land one or both men in the UFC, and you can be sure they'll bring their best to the cage.
Before the big fights go down in Dallas tonight, an exciting undercard took place on HD Net. The amazing broadcast duo of Bas Rutten and Michael Schiavello called the action. Here’s how the undercard...
In the past two years, Strikeforce has done a tremendous job of gathering a group of talented young fighters in need of exposure and a bigger stage. Lightweight contender Justin Wilcox (11-3) has eagerly taken advantage of such circumstances as he faces Dream and Shooto veteran, JZ Cavalcante at Saturday's Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum.