Strikeforce is over after one last, grand finale in January
TMZ broke the story, which has since been confirmed byMMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.
Sources say Strikeforce, which airs on Showtime, will be running its last event in January before folding up shop for good.
Strikeforce announced today that they will go out swinging – with three title fights, opened by a bout featuring Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier.
Strikeforce: The Grand Finale
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, OK
January 12, 2013
Broadcast live on Showtime at 10PM ET/PT (delayed for the West Coast broadcast)
Prelims live on Showtime Extreme at 8PM ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast broadcast)
Tickets for the event will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 16 at 12PM CT
Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez (champion) vs. Pat Healy for the STRIKEFORCE lightweight title
Luke Rockhold (champion) vs. Lorenz Larkin for the STRIKEFORCE middleweight title
Nate Marquardt (champion) vs. Tarec Saffiedine for the STRIKEFORCE welterweight title
Daniel Cormier (Strikeforce Grand Prix champion) vs. Dion Staring
stated in the press release: “We’ve built an absolutely stacked card for Oklahoma City and the SHOWTIME viewers,” Strikeforce CEO and founder Scott Coker. “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.”
Additional fights are expected to be scheduled soon.