While the list does not comprise every single fighter that could eventually be brought over to compete in the Octagon, UFC Tonight revealed a major list of former Strikeforce fighters heading to the UFC later this year.
As of yet, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett has not been confirmed for a return to the Octagon, but that doesn't mean the door is closed to him coming back.
In the light heavyweight division, Gegard Mousasi and Gian Villante are both headed to the UFC's 205-pound division. Mousasi is coming off a win over Mike Kyle at the final Strikeforce show marking his return to action after a long absence due to injury.
At middleweight, Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold will be headed to the UFC along with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Tim Kennedy, Roger Gracie and Lorenz Larkin.
New Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine earned a contract in the UFC with his win over Nate Marquardt, but both fighters will be competing in the Octagon this year. In addition to those two 170-pound fighters, Roger Bowling, Jason High and Bobby Voelker will head to the UFC.
The Strikeforce lightweight division will provide the biggest influx of fighters coming to the UFC with champion Gilbert Melendez already set to face Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 7, as well as former champion Josh Thomson coming back to the UFC for the first time since 2004.
Also headed to the Octagon will be Ryan Couture, K.J. Noons, Pat Healy, Adriano Martins, and Kurt Holobaugh, who will actually drop to 145 pounds upon his arrival in the promotion.
There could be more fighters added to the UFC from the Strikeforce roster, but according to UFC Tonight that is the current list as it stands.
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