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Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" took place Saturday night (Jan. 12, 2013) in Oklahoma City, Okla., with Tarec Saffiedine, Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett, Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo Souza earning victories on the main card. Those are facts...and we have more.
There were plenty of facts to come out of Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine," which took place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Jan. 12, 2013.
Some are notable; others irrelevant and a few will expand your knowledge.
For instance, we know the event was the last in Strikeforce history and that Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine collided in the main event, with Saffiedine earning a unanimous decision and, in the process, going down in history as the final welterweight champion in Strikeforce history.
That's not all we know, though.
Check out 19 post-fight facts about Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" below:
- Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" was the 63rd and final event in the organization's history.
- Nine of the 11 fights on the card featured at least a 2.5 to 1 betting underdog. Betting favorites went 9-2 on the fight card, with Ryan Couture and Saffiedine being the only underdogs to win.
- Anthony Smith has never gone to a decision in 26 professional fights.
- Strikeforce debutees went 1-5 at the event.
- Adriano Martins and Jorge Gurgel, two BJJ black belts, fought just over one minute on the ground in their three-round fight.
- According to Fight Metric, K.J. Noons outscored Couture 84 to 53 in total strikes landed, yet lost a split decision on the judge's scorecards.
- Josh Barnett earned his 20th career submission victory with his first-round arm-triangle choke of Nandor Guelmino.
- Ronaldo Souza's submission of Ed Herman was his 13th submission win of 17 career victories. The win was Souza's first kimura finish in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.
- Gegard Mousasi defeated Mike Kyle in his first fight in 13 months, the longest layoff of his 38-fight career.
- Noons has lost four of his last five professional fights.
- Kyle retired from MMA following his first-round submission defeat to Mousasi.
- Saffiedine was a 3-to-1 betting underdog coming into his Strikeforce welterweight championship bout against Nate Marquardt. Saffiedine defeated Marquardt by unanimous decision.
- Four of the five main card bouts ended by (T)KO or submission.
- Pat Healy has won 10 of his last 11 fights.
- Saffiedine ends his eight-fight Strikeforce career with a record of 7-1, with the only loss coming to Tyron Woodley.
- Marquardt's last four losses havel come by decision. Eight of 11 losses in the career of "The Great" are by way of decision.
- Daniel Cormier was 0-0 when he signed with Strikeforce in Aug. 2009.
- According to Fight Metric, Saffiedine outscored Marquardt 164 to 79 in total strikes over the course of their five-round bout.
- Mousasi has finished his opponent in 29 of his 33 career victories, 26 of them in the first round.
That's a wrap for this set of Strikeforce facts ... and for the very last time.
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