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Two more fights have been added to the final Strikeforce show, set for January 12th in Oklahoma City. One of them is a middleweight bout between Roger Gracie and Anthony Smith.
Contrary to popular belief/wish, Strikeforce is still alive. They have a January card that's already seen two of three title fights wiped out due to injury. Nevertheless that doesn't mean it's a bad card, and two more fights have been added for the January 12th show. Roger Gracie fights Anthony Smith at middleweight while lightweights Ryan Couture and K.J. Noons also take battle. MMA Fighting has the story:
Ryan Couture vs. K.J. Noons and Roger Gracie vs. Anthony Smith have been added to the Jan. 12 card. The promotion officially announced the Couture vs. Noons tilt recently, while MMA Fighting confirmed the Gracie-Smith fight with sources close to the promotion after MMA Opinion first reported it Thursday.
Gracie last fought in August against Keith Jardine, a fight Gracie dominated en route to a unanimous decision over the former UFC fighter. Smith also was on that August show (which stands as Strikeforce's most recent card) where he submitted Lumumba Sayers in the 1st round.
Ryan Couture, son of Randy Couture, improved to 6-1 with a narrow decision win over Joe Duarte in July on the preliminary card of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. Noons has lost 3 of 4 including a decision loss to Josh Thomson in March.
The final Strikeforce show will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine, and also includes Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle, Pat Healy vs. Jorge Masvidal, Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Starling, Josh Barnett vs. Warm Body, and the two bouts you just read about.