Tonight is the night. 462 days after the tournament opened up back in February of 2011, the Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix comes to a close. Legends have lost while favorites were exiled and in the finals, rising star Daniel Cormier takes on “The Warmaster” and MMA veteran, Josh Barnett.
In the co-headlining bout Gilbert Melendez will defend his lightweight championship in a rubbermatch against Josh Thomson, looking to make it 2-1 against the challenger.
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Ultimate Fighter: Brazil debut scores 12 million viewers
32 Brazilian fighters (16 middleweights and 16 featherweights) stepped inside the HSBC arena in Brazil to try and make their way into the Ultimate Fighter house, and the only thing better than the fights themselves were the actual numbers. 8 million viewers tuned in for the debut episode, a massive number only matched by the ..read more
Join us tonight starting at 8PM ET for the Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov card which brings us the last round of the tournament’s semi-final bouts. The card is co-headlined by another tournament fight that sees Antonio “Big Foot” Silva taking on Daniel Cormier who steps in for the latest UFC signee, Alistair Overeem. Don’t forget the middleweight title fight, as Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza welcomes back a returning Luke Rockhold.
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Two MMA legends will collide tonight, as Dan Henderson will move up in weight (barely) to take on Fedor Emelianenko in a heavyweight affair. Henderson, the current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion brings a two fight win streak into the bout, while Fedor looks for redemption after two straight defeats.
Also on the card, female bantamweights Marloes Coenen defends against challenger Miesha Tate, & welterweight-destroyer Paul “Semtex” Daley goes head to head with the undefeated Tyron Woodley in a fight likely to ..read more
In a twisting turn of events, it was Josh Barnett’s performance against Brett Rogers that won the accolades of MMA fans as Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum failed to ignite the Strikeforce cage.
“Piles of bodies, piles of gold.”
Barnett entered the arena first, coming into the blue corner both stoic and emotionless and sporting a new beard in his return to the United States. It had been just over two years since his third-positive test for steroids, and since then he ..read more