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MMA Transaction Wire: January 10-17

Adieu Strikeforce, Hello UFC

Name Record Weight (Rank) Transaction Info (Date) Fight Card Opponent (Rank)
Paul Daley 30-12-2 170 (27) Cage Contender via Bellator CC16, Feb 23 Patrick Vallee (223-MW)
Patrick Vallee 9-4-1,2NC 170 (223-MW) Signed by Cage Contender, Jan 10 CC16, Feb 23 Paul Daley (27)
Rousimar Palhares 14-5-0 185 (27) Suspended by UFC 9-months, Jan 10 TBD TBD
Joey Beltran 14-8-0, 1NC 205 (62) Suspended by UFC 9-months, Jan 10 TBD TBD
Junior Assuncao 13-5-0 135 (42) Signed by Legacy FC LFC 19, Apr 12 Chris Jones (135)
Chris Jones 8-1-0 135 (135) Signed by Legacy FC, Jan 10 LFC 19, Apr 12 Junior Assuncao (42)
Bull Lawal Pro Debut 185 (NR) Signed by Legacy FC, Jan 8 LFC 19, Apr 12 Jabari Shakur (NR)
Will Brooks 8-0-0 155 (39) Signed by Bellator BFC 87, Jan 31 Ricardo Tirloni (137)
Benson Henderson 18-2-0 155 (1) Re-Signed by UFC, 8 fight contract, Jan 12 UFC Fox 7, Apr 20 Gilbert Melendez (3)
Gilbert Melendez 21-2-0 155 (3) Signed by UFC, Jan 12 UFC Fox 7, Apr 20 Benson Henderson (1)
K.J. Noons 11-6-0 155 (56) Signed by UFC, Jan 13 TBD TBD
Josh Janousek 8-1-0 185 (NR) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 UFC Fox 6, Jan 26 Michael Kuiper (94)
Kurt Holobaugh 9-1-0 145 (205-LW) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Sean Spencer 9-1-1 185 (166-WW) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 UFC Fox 6, Jan 26 Rafael Natal (93)
Daniel Cormier 11-0-0 265 (4) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 UFC Fox 7, Apr 20 Frank Mir (6)
Gegard Mousasi 33-2-2 205 (11) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Gian Villante 10-3-0 205 (57) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Roger Gracie 6-1-0 185 (14) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Tim Kennedy 15-4-0 185 (20) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Lorenz Larkin 13-0-0, 1NC 185 (22) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Luke Rockhold 10-1-0 185 (4) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Ronaldo Souza 17-3-0, 1NC 185 (4) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Jason High 16-3-0 170 (36) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Nate Marquardt 33-11-2 170 (11) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Tarec Saffiedine 14-3-0 170 (10) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Bobby Voelker 24-8-0 170 (NR-I) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 UFC 158, Mar 16 Patrick Cote (58-MW)
Ryan Couture 6-1-0 155 (54) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Pat Healy 29-16-0 155 (14) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Adriano Martins 24-6-0 155 (57) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Josh Thomson 19-5-0, 1NC 155 (19) Signed by UFC, Jan 15 TBD TBD
Jason Sampson 9-1-0 135 (95) Signed by Legacy FC, Jan 15 LFC 19, Apr 12 Steven Peterson (120)
Alexei Roberts 9-3-0 155 (415) Signed by Cage Warriors CWFC 52, Mar 9 Paul Redmond (269)

The third and largest wave of fighters to crossover from Strikeforce to UFC went down on Monday. There is a huge influx of talent here, especially in the middleweight class with five Top 25 fighters bolstering the roster. Although I'm truly sad to see Strikeforce end (and end the way that it did), I'm excited to finally see such great potential bouts.

One signing that stands out to me is that of Will Brooks to Bellator. Brooks' rise in the 155 ranks came out of nowhere when he pummeled Kitaoka at Dream 18. I was truly astonished at his ability to handle the Japanese veteran, almost as astonished as when I saw he was signed by Bellator. Bellator's had a horrible bit of press lately with the attention brought upon the legality of their contracts. Hopefully Brooks had a decent attorney to carefully look over his. All said, it's great to see him fight regularly on a nationally viewed channel like Spike. Good luck Brooks, count me in as a fan.

Here are a few interesting bouts with fighters who signed during my hiatus:

RFA 6, Jan 18 on AXS.TV
Toby Imada 30-17-0 (161-LW) vs James Krause 18-4-0 (106-WW)
Brock Larsen 35-7-0 (206-MW) vs Eduardo Pamplona 15-3-0 (NR-I)
Dustin Ortiz 9-2-0 (35-FLY) vs Aaron Ely 4-1-0 (29-FLY)
Dakota Cochrane 13-3-0 (79-LW) vs Deivison Ribeiro 23-7-0 (166-LW)

Respect in the Cage, Jan 19 non-televised
Cody Bollinger 13-3-0 (178-FW) vs Isaac Gutierrez 5-3-0 (NR)

Imperium MMA Pro 1, Jan 19 non-televised
Ewerton Teixeira 1-0-0 (NR) vs Claudio Junio (pro debut)
I'll be looking for this on a ZP compilation...

CFA 9, Jan 19 non-televised
Alexis Vila 11-2-0 (12-BW) vs Josh Sampo 8-2-0 (3-FLY) @ 125
This Championship FA card is pretty stacked for a regional card, hopefully you can find this online somewhere. Vila goes back to flyweight after a couple losses in Bellator at bantam.

Please check out past issues

MMA Transaction Wire: January 1-9, 2013

MMA Transaction Wire: August 10-14

MMA Transaction Wire: August 4-10

MMA Transaction Wire: August 2-3

MMA Transaction Wire: The July Round-Up - Is Sengoku back?!

MMA Transaction Wire: July 28-31

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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