Strikeforce will close up shop for good following Saturday night’s final event, Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, at the Cheseapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The event will be on Showtime and you can most likely watch it, as this is a free weekend for the premium cable channel.
Rumors swirled this would be the promotion’s final event several months ago. CEO Scott Coker confirmed as much in a statement released late December promoting the Jan. 12 event.
One sentence: “This will mark the final Strikeforce event on Showtime.”
“Since 2009, Showtime has been a great partner and we appreciate its support of Strikeforce and our athletes,” Coker said. “For our final event, we’ve loaded the card with some outstanding fights. This is going to be a memorable night for the sport of mixed martial arts.”
Santa Cruz’s Luke Rockhold will not be on the card. He was initially listed to be fighting Lorenz Larkin but was forced to back out due to injury.
The belief within MMA circles is that Rockhold, the reigning Strikeforce middleweight champion, is a lock to join UFC when Strikeforce folds, along with several other top-tier names on the promotion.
The question is then: What’s going to happen to some of those lesser names?
Harbor High alum Quinn Mulhern falls into this category. He was expected to fight Jorge Santiago on Sept. 29 last year, but that event was canceled after headliner Gilbert Melendez withdrew because of injury. Mulhern hasn’t fought since May.