COMMENTARY | The Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine fight card had a lot of one-sided matchups, but it turned out to be one of the most entertaining shows in the promotion's history. Unfortunately, it'll also be the final Strikeforce event.
Here are the results of the Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine fight card held on Jan. 12, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla:
Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Marquardt
Both men had their moments during their five-round title encounter, but Saffiedine started taking control as the fight progressed. Saffiedine had no problems stopping most of Marquardt's takedown attempts, and he consistently landed vicious kicks on the Strikeforce welterweight champion's lead-leg, limiting his ability to move.
All three judges scored the fight in favor of Saffiedine, making him the new Strikeforce welterweight champion.
Daniel Cormier def. Dion StaringAs expected, Cormier looked good during his final Strikeforce bout, keeping his undefeated record intact. Cormier dominated the striking exchanges, and he didn't have any problems getting the fight to the ground. To his credit, Staring showed a lot of heart during their encounter, but it was obvious he was in over his head.
After watching Staring get pounded on the ground by Cormier for a majority of the second round, referee John McCarthy had mercy on the Dutchman and stopped the fight.
Josh Barnett def. Nandor GuelminoBarnett dominated Guelmino from start to finish, taking the Austrian down seconds into their encounter. To his credit, Nandor worked his way back up, but he wasn't able to stop Barnett from taking him back down. Barnett didn't let him get back up the second time around; instead, he locked in an arm-triangle, forcing the tap a little over two minutes into the fight.
Gegard Mousasi def. Mike KyleAfter softening Kyle up with strikes early on during their encounter, Mousasi managed to get the fight to the ground. The Dutchman worked his way from guard to mount, where he started pounding away. Kyle gave up his back in order to reduce the punishment he was taking, but Gegard made him pay for it, sinking in a rear-naked choke, bringing an end to the affair with 51 seconds left in the first round.
Ronaldo Souza def. Ed Herman"Jacare" looked awesome during his Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine bout, making quick work out of Herman. After getting hit with a couple of illegal head-kicks that referee Mark Carter didn't seem to notice until Souza complained, the Brazilian turned up the intensity against Herman.
Jacare pinned Herman against the cage, and he dumped him on the ground shortly after, landing in side-control. He transitioned into a kimura, forcing the tap at the 3:10 mark of the first round.
Ryan Couture def. K.J. Noons (split-decision)
Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Smith (guillotine choke, round three)
Pat Healy def. Kurt Holobaugh (unanimous decision)
Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith (arm-triangle, round two)
Adriano Martins def. Jorge Gurgel (unanimous decision)
Estevan Payan def. Michael Bravo (TKO, round two)
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