Strikeforce put on their final show tonight in Oklahoma City with “Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine.” In the main event, Strikeforce stalwart Tarec Saffiedine would shock Nate Maruardt and claim the title behind a vicious assault of legkicks. In the evening’s co-main event, Oklahoma State standout Daniel Cormier was expectedly dominant against the out-matched Dion Staring.
In other action, fighters Josh Barnett, Gegard Mousasi, and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Saffiedine Chops Down Marquardt
Tarec Saffiedine wanted the belt and he would not be denied tonight in OKC against Nate Marquardt. The Belgian chopped the talented welterweight down with brutal inside and outside leg kicks for the better part of five rounds. Marquardt never looked comfortable after being caught by a Saffiedine counter in the first. By the time Nate was able to press back in the later rounds he was basically fighting on one leg in a bout that was reminiscent of Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber in the WEC.
Cormier Destroys Staring, Calls Out Mir and UFC Champ Jones
Dion Staring was a monumental underdog heading into this fight but he would still try his best to test the rocketing Daniel Cormier. His best was not enough however, as Cormier easily controlled the Dutchman. Cormier would eventually overwhelm Staring in the second with more of his dominant wrestling and ground and pound.
Cormier now moves to the UFC and made sure to call out former champion Frank Mir for the UFC’s April Fox show and then stated he wants UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones this fall.
Barnett Sumits Guelmino
A sick Josh Barnett wanted to waste no time in the cage tonight as he quickly submitted Nandor Guelmino. Barnett would gain mount early in the bout and fake a modified Ezekiel choke and easily pass to an arm-triangle for a quick tap. Barnett would forgo the usual post-interview for his typical pro wrestling style. It is unclear where Barnett will end up, but the UFC would promise some interesting fights.
Mousasi Destroys Kyle
It was a “key of the fight” for Mike Kyle to not end up on his back against Gegard Mousasi and it was one he failed to achieve. Mousasi would take the AKA product to the ground and wasted little time before securing mount. From there it was all academic, as Mousasi attacked with a barrage of strikes that forced Kyle to give up his back. Mousasi quickly applied the choke and would have had a quick submission had the referee not inexplicably hesitated and made Kyle tap again later before finally stopping the fight.
Jacare Chomps Herman
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza wasted no time by submitting UFC veteran Ed Herman to kick off the card in OKC. Souza’s total game was impressive tonight with powerful driving takedowns combined with powerful and accurate strikes. After a dubious restart, Souza blasted Herman with a brutal combination before taking him to the mat with a powerful slam and expertly applying a kimura shoulder lock to force a tap from the UFC fighter.
Main Card (Showtime 10PM ET)
- Strikeforce Welterweight Title Fight: Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
- Daniel Cormier def. Dion Staring via TKO (strikes) at 4:02 of Round 2
- Josh Barnett def. Nandor Guelmino by submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:11 of Round 1
- Gegard Mousasi def. Mike Kyle by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:09 of Round 1
- Ronaldo Souza def. Ed Herman via submission (kimura) at 3:10 of Round 1
Preliminary Card (Showtime Extreme 8PM ET)
- Ryan Couture def. KJ Noons via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
- Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Smith via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:36 of Round 3
- Pat Healy def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:16 of Round 2
Preliminary Card (Untelevised 7PM ET)
- Adriano Martins def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Estevan Payan def. Michael Bravo via KO (strikes) at 4:01 of Round 2