Strikeforce is no more after staging its very last mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Showtime last night (Jan. 12, 2013), which was littered with mismatches and quick finishes on the televised main card, all leading up to the competitive main event between Welterweight champion Nate Marquardt and No. 1 division contender, Tarec Saffiedine. It was Ronaldo Souza, however, who kicked off the Strikeforce extravaganza, welcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, Ed Herman, to the hexagon for a one-off, cross-promotional bout with a quick first round submission (kimura). Gegard Mousasi next did his best to outshine "Jacare," pummeling and then choking out Mike Kyle in short order to compel "MAK" to announce his retirement from the sport. Josh Barnett kept the submissions rolling with a quick finish of Nandor Guelmino, while Heavyweight grand prix winner, Daniel Cormier, needed almost two full rounds to pound out the resilient, albeit overmatched, Dion Staring, in the co-featured fight of the night. And then there was the main event, which seemed like a lock for "The Great;" however, "The Sponge" lit up his lead leg with lashing kicks and beat him in every aspect of the fight to score the upset and go down in history as the last man to hold the Strikeforce welterweight belt. For a more detailed look at the bout click here and for complete Strikeforce results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" event on Showtime from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., action click here.
Strikeforce: 'Marquardt vs Saffiedine' full fight video highlights from final Showtime event
Watch the video highlights from Strikeforce's final mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Showtime, "Marquardt vs Saffiedine," which took place last night (Jan. 12, 2013) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., featuring an upset in the welterweight championship main event between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine.