From the moment Zuffa purchased Strikeforce, fans hoped to eventually see a situation where fighters from the UFC would cross over into their sister promotion to create fresh match-ups with divisional relevance. While that day never quite materialized on the scale most would have preferred, it looks like one competitor with ties to the UFC will see action on a Strikeforce show before the company packs up shop.
According to an official press release, Ed Herman will fill an opening against Ronaldo Souza at a catchweight of 194 pounds after the Brazilian’s original opponent, Lorenz Larkin, withdrew due to injury. The statement from Strikeforce also confirmed the January 12 card hosting the tilt would be the organization’s final on Showtime.
“Since 2009, Showtime has been a great partner and we appreciate its support of Strikeforce and our athletes,” explained CEO Scott Coker. “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.”
The 16-3 Souza is a former middleweight champion coming off back-to-back stoppages including an opening round knockout of Derek Brunson in August. He also holds past victories over Matt Lindland, Robbie Lawler, and Tim Kennedy.
Comparably, Herman in an Ultimate Fighter finalist and has come out with his hand raised in three consecutive clashes (though he did fall to Jake Shields via decision with the outcome ultimately being named a No Contest when Shields tested positive for a banned substance). He holds an overall record of 20-8 with eighteen finishes under his belt.
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