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article imageStrikeforce's final event: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, tonight

By Can Tran     Jan 12, 2013 in Sports
"Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine," which airs tonight live on Showtime Extreme (preliminaries) at 8PM EST and Showtime (main card) at 10PM EST, is going to be the final MMA match for the Strikeforce promotion before it becomes defunct.
If you are a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA) and have any sort of cable or satellite service that's offering Showtime's free-preview weekend, then you may want to tune in tonight at 8PM EST. Why? This is because there's a Strikeforce event taking place tonight; while televised, it will physically take place at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The main fight card of the night, the final match, is Nate Marquardt who is the Strikeforce welterweight champion going up against Tarec Saffiedine. This is a fight for the welterweight title; but, that's the main reason this event is significant.
“Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” is the final event that the Strikeforce promotion will be holding. After this event, there will be no more Strikeforce fights. This is because Strikeforce plans on folding afterward. With the absence of Strikeforce, the two biggest MMA promotions in North America will be the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and Bellator. Invicta FC is slowly growing to be the main promotion for female MMA fighters.
The preliminary card, televised on Showtime Extreme, will take place at 8PM EST. The following fights will take place: Ryan Couture vs. KJ Noons, Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Smith, Roger Gracie vs. Anthony Smith, and Pat Healy vs. Kurt Holobaugh.
The main card, televised on Showtime, will take place at 10PM EST. It could be later; that's all depending on how long the preliminary card fights take. Under the main card, the following fights will take place: Ed Herman vs. Ronaldo Souza, Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi, Josh Barnett vs. Nandor Guelmino, Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring, and Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine.
What's going to happen to all the Strikeforce fighters afterward? There will be a number of fighters that may get signed with the UFC. The fighters that do not will have to compete for other promotions let alone promotions in other countries. USA Today reports that the fighters competing in tonight's Strikeforce event will have to put on good fights let alone win if they wish to get into the UFC. In short, as USA Today reports, this is like an audition process to get into this very large international MMA promotion.
Fox News reports that wins for both Marquardt and Cormier would help them get into the UFC. Bloody Elbow reports of Tim Kennedy, a former United States Army Ranger, having an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. Kennedy is fighting in the preliminary card of the event as his opponent is Trevor Smith. In the interview, Kennedy slammed Strikeforce when it came to match-making and so forth.
Yahoo! Sports reports of the fighters under the Strikeforce roster not getting enough fights; that meant the fighters wouldn't get paid enough and suffered hard financial times. In the article, it says that Bellator, World Series of Fighting, and other promotions would benefit from Strikeforce's departure. In the case of Bellator, it needs more fighters to fill in their fight cards for each event. However, what does it mean for the fighters in general?
Just because fight promotions will benefit doesn't necessarily mean the fighters will benefit in the long run. The questions lies: Who ultimate benefits after Strikeforce folds? What will be the fate of the Strikeforce roster after the promotion is gone? In case of the female MMA fighters, which promotions would be signed into?
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