As you well know by now, Strikeforce is coming to an end on Saturday. But before it's all over, there are some intriguing fights that will answer these questions.
Can Daniel Cormier avoid the trap fight? Cormier is 10-0, and has plenty of hype and expectations hanging over him for his last fight before entering the UFC. Dion Staring, his opponent, is 28-7 and hasn't fought in any major American promotions. The fight should be a gimme for Cormier, but that's exactly what makes it so dangerous. Stardom in the UFC awaits, but he'll face a much rockier path if he doesn't fight well against Staring.
Will Nate Marquardt return to the UFC with a championship belt? Marquardt was cut from the UFC after high levels of testosterone bounced him from a card the day before it was set to happen. Now, he has the chance to return as a champion, but needs to get through Tarec Saffiedine first.
Is Gegard Mousasi washed up at 27? At one time, Mousasi was the Strikeforce light heavyweight champ, and was highly regarded as one of the best of the division, no matter the promotion. But a loss to Mo Lawal, a draw with Keith Jardine and a less-than-inspiring win over Ovince St. Preux has removed some luster from Mousasi. Can his bout with Mike Kyle be the time for Mousasi to show he still belongs among the best?
Will people tune in for the last of the fights? In the United States, this card is part of Showtime's free preview, so if you have cable, you can watch. Canadians can watch via Super Channel. (Canadian details here, eh.) But availability doesn't mean people will tune in. The early part of the card will go against what should be a fantastic football game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.