Strikeforce will reportedly be staging a grand farewell event in January.
The former number two promotion in the US has announced three title fights for a Saturday January 12 event taking place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The card includes the following bouts:
Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez (champion) vs. Pat Healy for the STRIKEFORCE lightweight title
Luke Rockhold (champion) vs. Lorenz Larkin for the STRIKEFORCE middleweight title
Nate Marquardt (champion) vs. Tarec Saffiedine for the STRIKEFORCE welterweight title
Daniel Cormier (Grand Prix champion, OSU All-American) vs. Dion Staring
Numerous sources say that once the event is concluded, Strikeforce will be winding down and will cease operating as a promotion. Most of its fighters will probably head to the UFC but may have to pass through a third-party promotion first, for contractual reasons.
Strikeforce airs on the Showtime network but executives from the channel have not been happy with the way Strikeforce was talent-stripped by the UFC once it was acquired via a Zuffa buyout. Poor viewing figures compounded that and there is reportedly no interest in an extended 2013 deal.
However, nothing is set in stone and deals can take as little as a long phone call so don’t expect any official announcements until the Strikeforce post-fight press conference in January.