Daniel Cormier (black trunks) vs. Dion Staring
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Alright MMA-Freak & MMAVictor fans, it’s that time again! Time to get you caught up on all or any MMA news you might have missed this past weekend. Grab your morning coffee or your after work beverage and let’s get you all caught up. And I would like to personally say goodbye to Strikeforce as this past Saturday was their last event.
~Fight Results~
Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine

Date: January 12, 2013

MAIN (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)  – becomes new welterweight champ
  • Daniel Cormier def. Dion Staring via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:02
  • Josh Barnett def. Nandor Guelmino via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:11
  • Gegard Mousasi def. Mike Kyle via submission (rear-naked choke)  – Round 1, 4:09
  • Ronaldo Souza def. Ed Herman via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 3:10

PRELIMINARY (Showtime Extreme, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Ryan Couture def. KJ Noons via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
  • Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Smith via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:36
  • Pat Healy def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:16

PRELIMINARY (untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Adriano Martins def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Estevan Payan def. Michael Bravo via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:01

Watch all the finishes on the main card of the final Strikeforce event in the video below.

Video courtesy of Shosports

~Headlines~

Strikeforce finale salaries: Barnett ($250K), Mousasi ($175K) top payroll-Josh Barnett ($250,000) and Gegard Mousasi ($175,000) were the top earners at this past weekend’s final Strikeforce show, “Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine.”

~Strikeforce finale medical suspensions~

Herman, Holobaugh suspended indefinitely

Dion Staring: Suspended 30 days for precautionary reasons.

Ed Herman: Suspended indefinitely until a doctor clears him of shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries.

Kurt Holobaugh: Suspended indefinitely until a doctor clears him of a hand injury.

Anthony Smith: Suspended 30 days due to facial cuts.

Michael Bravo: Suspended 30 days for precautionary reasons.

After signing a ‘very lucrative’ eight-fight deal, Henderson’s camp eyes Melendez.

CEO Scott Coker looks back with pride after final Strikeforce card.

Battered after title loss, disappointed Marquardt says he won’t give up.

~Fight News~

The Cage Warriors organization will open its 2013 season on March 9 with a title fight between welterweight champion Gael Grimaud (17-5) and challenger Cathal Pendred (11-2-1).

~Quotable’s~

Tarec Saffiedine on winning SF title and UFC: “This belt was my goal first,” he said. “Now I’ve reached my goal, and I need to set new goals… I need to take a step back and think about what’s next for my career. I haven’t been approached by the UFC. Whatever’s coming tomorrow, I’ll be ready.”

Gegard on UFC:  “I talked to my manager,” Mousasi said. “He spoke to (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and the UFC. I believe I’m headed to the UFC, (but) I haven’t been confirmed yet.”

Jacare on UFC: “I believe in my hard work, and I believe I’m going to do pretty well there. There’s a lot of good opponents there,” Souza said. “But I’m going there to break some people down. I believe the time is just right. I’ve got a lot of experience, I have great fights, and now I’m ready to go to the UFC and do my best.”

“DC” Cormier on past opponent, win, Fighting Jon Jones and Man Crush on Dan Hendo: “I think it kind of went exactly as we thought,” Cormier said. “I wanted to wrestle with him and get him tired. I’ve got a great jiu-jitsu coach now, but I won’t give up position for a submission yet. So I just kind of rode him and when he got up, let him get up a little bit and then take him back down to wear on him a little bit. Not many guys can stay with that wrestling pace of up and down, up and down, up and down. He was a tough guy, though – he was real tough. “What I take from this fight is, when everybody was looking past him, I was able to keep my focus on taking care of tonight and not looking at the bigger picture. I got a lot of, ‘You’re looking past this guy and to the UFC,’ and everything, when the reality is I wasn’t. I was just answering a lot of the questions that were asked of me. Even in a situation where most people around me may not think there’s much to gain, I can maintain complete focus on that task and get through it, get through it healthy and put on a pretty good performance.

“The reason I said I’d fight [Jones] in the fall is I’d need some time to get that weight down,” Cormier admitted. “I’m comfortable at 230 right now, but that’s still 25 more pounds. I’d need some time to make weight and I don’t want to fight (next) at 205 because I don’t want to fight Dan Henderson. I’ve kind of got a man-crush on Dan Henderson.”

~Miscellaneous~

UFC on FX 7’s Andrew Craig wants to silence Brazilian crowd.

~Question of the weekend~

Who should “DC” fight next?