Strikeforce to close shop after stacked January event

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

As we already told you, celebrity gossip site TMZ dropped to big announcements on the MMA world Thursday night. Obviously, the first was that WMMA superstar Ronda Rousey will become the first female fighter to compete under the UFC banner. Secondly they reported that the Strikeforce event scheduled for January will be the final card for the promotion.

Ariel Helwani from MMA Fighting has since confirmed both reports. With their final event looming, Strikeforce has pulled out all the stops to go out with a bang. In a press release sent out tonight, the California-based promotion announced that the main card will have 3 championship fights and open with a bout featuring Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier.

Here's how the card looks so far:

Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy
Luke Rockhold vs. Lorenz Larkin
Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring

Strikeforce's last breath will fall on January 12, 2013. The event will take place Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. Helwani also reported that more information will be released early next week. Bloody Elbow will keep you posted as we learn more about the situation.


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