‘Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine’ Fight Card Finalized

Written by Tom Ngo
January 7th, 2013

UFC Middleweight Nate Marquardt

The 11-fight roster for Strikeforce’s finale is all set. “Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” was supposed to feature three title tilts, but quickly shrunk to one courtesy of the injury bug.

Lightweight king Gilbert Melendez and middleweight champ Luke Rockhold were both forced to withdraw from their respective scraps.

A welterweight championship affair between Nate Marquardt (Pictured) and Tarec Saffiedine headlines Saturday’s show.

Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma hosts the festivities.

Showtime Extreme will broadcast the night’s prelims at 8PM ET/PT, while Showtime airs the main card at 10PM ET/PT.

Here is the show’s official agenda:

Preliminary Card:


Estevan Payan vs. Michael Bravo

Jorge Gurgel vs. Adriano Martins

(Showtime Extreme 8PM ET/PT)

Ryan Couture vs. K.J. Noons

Trevor Smith vs. Tim Kennedy

Roger Gracie vs. Anthony Smith

Pat Healy vs. Kurt Holobaugh

Main Card:

(Showtime 10PM ET/PT)

Ed Herman vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza*

Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi

Nandor Guelmino vs. Josh Barnett

Danie Cormier vs. Dion Staring

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Nate Marquardt (Strikeforce welterweight champion)

* – 194-pound catchweight bout

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