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Tarec Saffiedine beats Nate Marquardt to earn title in Strikeforce’s final fight

After more than six years and sixty events, Strikeforce closed up shop tonight after a final show. Fortunately, the company went out with a bang, delivering a card stacked with a ton of their remaining talent in the form of Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine.

The lineup was headlined by a title-fight between welterweight champion Nate Marquardt (32-10-2) and Team Quest product Tarec Saffiedine (13-3). Also featured were fights between Ronaldo Souza-Ed Herman and Gegard Mousasi-Mike Kyle, as well as in-ring appearances from stand-outs such as Pat Healy, Tim Kennedy, Roger Gracie, K.J. Noons, Josh Barnett, and Daniel Cormier.

Four of the five fights on the main card featured some form of finish including wins from Mousasi, Barnett, Souza, and Cormier. Meanwhile, Saffiedine picked Marquardt apart – particularly in terms of attacks on his lead leg – to pull off the upset as a 3:1 underdog and earn the honor of being the final welterweight title-holder in Strikeforce history by notching a Unanimous Decision victory.

Read below for winners/losers from Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine:

Estevan Payan def. Mike Bravo via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Adriano Martins def. Jorge Gurgel via Unanimous Decision
Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith via Submission Round 2 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Pat Healy def. Kurt Holobaugh via Unanimous Decision
Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Smith via Submission Round 3 (Guillotine Choke)
Ryan Couture def. K.J. Noons via Split Decision
Ronaldo Souza def. Ed Herman via Submission Round 1 (Keylock)
Gegard Mousasi def. Mike Kyle via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Josh Barnett def. Nandor Guelmino via Submission Round 1 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Daniel Cormier def. Dion Staring via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

32 COMMENTS
  • Richard Stabone says:

    Love freaking Kennedy. He’ll never win a belt but he’s a bitch of a fight for anyone trying to work their way into contendership.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Have to say I thought KJ won that fight. But at the same time, I’m glad the judges got it wrong. I hate KJ Noons for some reason.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    ^ Exactly. Noons won the fight, but since judges botch a decision most every fight card, glad it happened on that one.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Won’t be surprised if Herman clips Jacare during an exchange on the feet. I definitely understand why Jacare is a favorite but this is a closer fight than most probably think, and Jacare is (naturally) looking ahead to greener pastures with the UFC and is the biggest target for an upset tonight, IMO.

    Mousasi is one of my top-5 favorite fighters and I’m hoping/expecting he won’t be too rusty after his injury/layoff and will come away with an impressive victory.

    Barnett will win, but I hope he somehow doesn’t.

    Cormier might be a little overhyped, but he’s damn good and will keep things rolling tonight.

    Kinda like the Jacare fight, I understand why Nate is the favorite but won’t be surprised if Tarec pulls out the win.

    So, officially:

    Herman
    Mousasi
    Barnett
    Cormier
    Nate

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  • Dufresne says:

    Well that fight was hard to predict….

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Pretty big whiff on my upset pick. Pumped to see Mousasi finally back in action though…

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    that was quick. Mousasi looked great aginst a way bigger guy

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    OK, make the Mir-Barnett fight happen. It’s about damn time.

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  • Dufresne says:

    That was not a fair matchup at all, but good job by Josh “The Roidmaster” Barnett.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Did that announcer just call that an armbar?? Jesus dude, if you don’t know the name of a submission just ask someone. What a moron.

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  • Dufresne says:

    And if I didn’t already hate Barnett, I certainly do now. What a sad sack of used up shit.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Barnett is like Sonnen with a beer gut.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    In many instances PEDs and strength are somewhat overrated or negated by other skills. But in the case of Barnett and Mir, let those guys lock horns and see whose artificially enhanced testosterone comes out on top in a grappling match.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Beer gut? Really?

    You’re being kind. I would have focused the comment on his moobs.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Why is the HW championship playing second fiddle to the WW championship?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Cuz the HW championship fight has a weak challenger, while the WW bout should be a good matchup.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Daniel Cormier needs to drop to 205. He could be an even more impressive monster there and never have to fight his teammate Cain.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Cormier is damn good but he’s a poor man’s Cain.

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  • Dufresne says:

    God my feed is terrible…

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  • darth_irritable says:

    The HW isn’t officially a title fight is it? I thought Overeem still had the title when he left, and DC only got the Grand Prix title, so this can’t be a title fight.

    I wonder if Josh has to milk them man boobs before he comes out, so his opponent isn’t greased up with colostorum squirts.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I wonder if Josh has to milk them man boobs before he comes out, so his opponent isn’t greased up with colostorum squirts.
    LMAO. God I love it when you show up, darth.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I understand the sentiment but guys like Roy Nelson & Cormier will never compete at 205. Just not gonna happen.

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  • Dufresne says:

    You’re probably right about Roy, but I’m gonna hold out hope for Cormier dropping down. With his wrestling and power he’d be a hell of a force in the LHW division, and since he’s weighing in lighter than Forrest does I can see him making the cut. I don’t think Roy is ever going to want to drop that last 40lbs.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I don’t understand why Cormier talks about Jon Jones. Prove you can drop 40 pounds without landing in the hospital again with kidney failure, then show you can actually fight at that weight by beating someone worth a damn, and at that point it would make sense to bring up Jon Jones.

    As I mentioned above, it won’t happen. But a Mir fight would make sense for his UFC debut. Mir figures to be facing one or the other next between Barnett & Cormier.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Cormier would only have to drop 25lbs. He weighed in at 230 tonight and he looked pretty soft. Not sure if he could deal with Jones’s 13 inch reach advantage, but his wrestling credentials might make that reach irrelevant.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Dufresne – it’s that New Zealand charm you love :).

    Cormier could drop 40 easy. Give him 3-4 months of a clean diet, and he’d be a cut 205.

    Does anyone else think Nate looks like the missing link that supports Darwinism?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ah OK, didn’t realize he was down to 230 for this event; he’s dropped some weight. But even still, he’s got a history of very serious issues with cutting weight, and even 25lbs we’re talking about more than 10% of his body weight. And the dude is about to turn 34 years old.

    So I mean, a 34 year old dude who’s never fought in the UFC, needing to drop 10%+ of his body weight to even qualify for the division, calling out a dude that has already established his spot at the top of the mountain by shredding the who’s who list of the UFC light heavyweight fighters…. I just think it’s kinda silly.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Marquardt’s not exactly shaking his rep as a choker here.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Does anyone else think Nate looks like the missing link that supports Darwinism?
    Not as bad as Houston Alexander. He looks like the stage III of man.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Looks like Marquardt is losing his belt. He is a choke master. And not in the BJJ sense of the term…

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  • darth_irritable says:

    I dunno man, Houston just looks like a really aggressive fetal alcohol child. Nate looks like fullblown pre-cromagnon.

    Also, he must have nanoballs to lose like that while on TRT after *dropping* a class.

    Well done Tarec.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I dunno man, Houston just looks like a really aggressive fetal alcohol child.
    LMAO

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