Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Strikeforce put out the official card for their final event Thursday evening. A big change in the feature middleweight led to the first ever UFC fighter to cross over into Strikeforce.
Originally billed as Strikeforce: Champions, the final event for the California-based promotion has gone through several transformations. First, Lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez pulled out as his injury from September hadn't healed in time. The same thing happened to Luke Rockhold who was unable to defend his Middleweight belt.
In the wake of those injuries, Strikeforce has released the finalized card. The most notable change from the previously reported bouts is the absence of Lorenz Larkin, who was supposed to face Jacare Souza. Larkin also suffered an injury in training and has been replaced by UFC fighter Ed Herman.
Full fight card:
Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine (Welterweight championship)
Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring
Josh Barnett vs. Nandor Guelmino
Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle
Ronaldo Souza vs. Ed Herman
Pat Healy vs. TBA
Roger Gracie vs. Anthony Smith
Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Smith
K.J. Noons vs. Ryan Couture
Estevan Payan vs. Mike Bravo