Strikeforce officials have confirmed the location for what appears to be the final event in the history of the promotion, as the January 12 card will head to Oklahoma City. It will air on Showtime and feature three title fights from the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“We’ve built an absolutely stacked card for Oklahoma City and the Showtime viewers,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. “We have three awesome title fights featuring some of the best fighters to ever grace the Strikeforce cage.”
Gilbert Melendez will defend his Strikeforce lightweight title against Pat Healy, Luke Rockhold battles Lorenz Larkin for his Strikeforce middleweight crown, and Nate Marquardt squares off with Tarec Saffiedine for the Strikeforce welterweight championship.
Also, Daniel Cormier will face Dion Staring. Cormier is a former Oklahoma State University wrestling standout.
“The biggest stars in Strikeforce are putting their titles on the line in competitive fights,” Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said. “We are excited to be part of the event.”
Reports late Thursday night came out that this event will be the final one Strikeforce puts on. The promotion was purchased by Zuffa, which owns the UFC.