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  • Ronda Rousey speaks at a press conference ahead of her fight against Sarah Kaufman on Aug. 18, 2012 in San Diego.
    Ronda Rousey reaching new level of fame, could become first female fighter in UFC
    Aug. 18, 2012
    Choices abound for the moment that best showcased Ronda Rousey’s sudden ascent to stardom in the last five months. The 25-year-old Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion was on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue, appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show and made blistering comments about Kim Kardashian and Michael Phelps that went viral.
  • Ronda Rousey questions referee Herb Dean while catching Sarah D'Alelio in an armbar at Strikeforce Challengers Friday, August 12, 2011 in the Pearl Theater at the Palms. Rousey won by submission.
    Ronda Rousey submits Miesha Tate in familiar fashion to win Strikeforce belt
    March 4, 2012
    Ronda Rousey collected yet another arm at Saturday’s Strikeforce event in Columbus, Ohio. Rousey, a former Olympic judoka, became the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion by submitting Miesha Tate with an armbar. It was Rousey’s fifth professional fight. All five have ended via first-round armbar.
  • Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold pounds Keith Jardine to the mat on his way to a first round TKO in defense of his belt Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at the Hard Rock.
    Strikeforce stars concerned with what's next after Saturday night victories
    Jan. 8, 2012
    Luke Rockhold wants what he can’t have. Immediately after defending his Strikeforce middleweight title by defeating Keith Jardine on Saturday night at the Hard Rock, Rockhold requested a bout against one of the top 10 185-pound fighters in the UFC. “Those are the guys I want,” Rockhold said. “I want to climb to the top and fight the best in the world. I think they should bring over some top contenders.”
  • Tarec Saffiedine hits Tyler Stinson during their match at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012.  Saffiedine won by split decision.
    Strikeforce live blog: Luke Rockhold retains belt by knocking out Keith Jardine
    Jan. 7, 2012
    Keith Jardine wasn't the opponent Luke Rockhold hoped to face in the main event of Saturday's Strikeforce card at the Hard Rock. The result, however, was exactly what Rockhold was looking for. Rockhold rocked Jardine with a right hand late in the first round and followed it up with ground-and-pound strikes to win via TKO at 4:26 of the first round.
  • Strikeforce middleweight challenger Keith Jardine talks to the media during an open workout Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2011 in advance of the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine event on Saturday.
    Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine betting odds and picks
    Jan. 6, 2012
    Strikeforce officials rallied to put together Saturday’s fight card at the Hard Rock when it became obvious that the company’s television deal with Showtime would extend another year. Strikeforce booked matches and promoted the card in less time than normal at the end of last year.
  • Strikeforce light heavyweight Muhammed Lawal boxes during an open workout Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2011 in advance of the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine event on Saturday.
    Luke Rockhold, 'King Mo' Lawal push each other to Strikeforce headliner status
    Jan. 4, 2012
    Luke Rockhold gave sparring partner Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal a nasty black eye a few weeks ago. Lawal didn’t mind. It was only fair after he nearly broke Rockhold’s nose days earlier. The teammates have also come close to knocking each other out on multiple occasions.
  • Gilbert Melendez throws a punch at Josh Thomson during a Strikeforce lightweight bout in this file photo. Melendez won his sixth straight fight Dec. 17 against Jorge Masvidal in San Diego.
    Strikeforce results: Gilbert Melendez presents case for supremacy
    Dec. 18, 2011
    SAN DIEGO — The best lightweight in mixed martial arts may not fight in the UFC. It’s a possibility that at least merits consideration as long as Strikeforce 155-pound champion Gilbert Melendez keeps plowing through opponents. Melendez cruised again Saturday night at the Valley View Casino Center, thoroughly out-boxing Jorge Masvidal to earn a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-48) victory.
  • Shawn Jordan makes his way to the cage for his match against Devin Cole at Strikeforce Challengers 3 Friday, July 22, 2011 at the Palms. Cole won by decision.
    Showtime extends Strikeforce deal for next year
    Dec. 15, 2011
    Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, will continue to run two mixed martial arts promotions in 2012. UFC President Dana White announced Thursday afternoon that the company had come to a new agreement with Showtime to continue airing Strikeforce events. Although some changes are in store, Showtime will broadcast six to eight Strikeforce cards next year.
  • Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez makes his way to the cage before a fight in this file photo.
    Jorge Masvidal is a worthy challenger for Gilbert Melendez
    Dec. 14, 2011
    Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is cautioning everyone not to write him into the UFC just yet. Melendez is widely considered one of the two best 155-pound fighters in the world and speculation about him meeting the UFC champion has raged over the past eight months. But Melendez (19-2 MMA, 9-1 SF) will first have to get by Jorge Masvidal (22-6 MMA, 4-0 SF) first in the headlining bout of Saturday’s Strikeforce card, which will air on Showtime via tape delay at 9 on the west coast, in San Diego.
  • Cris "Cyborg" Santos, of Brazil, celebrates her win over Gina Carano during Strikeforce MMA Female Middleweight Championship at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, August 15, 2009. Santos won in the first round with a TKO.
    Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal betting odds and picks
    Dec. 14, 2011
    Mixed martial arts’ most dominant champion returns this weekend. Women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos puts her belt at risk for the first time in 18 months against Hiroko Yamanaka in the co-main event of Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal in San Diego.
  • Strikeforce middleweight Antwain Britt stands in his corner after a fight against Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante in 2010. Cavalcante won via first round knockout.
    Antwain Britt comes full circle with Strikeforce main event bout at the Palms
    Nov. 16, 2011
    Antwain Britt will make a long overdue appearance at the Pearl at the Palms Friday in the headlining bout of Strikeforce Challengers 20 against Lumumba Sayers. Britt was a cast member on the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, the UFC’s biannual reality show. Although Britt won his first fight on the show, he had to pull out of the competition before the quarterfinals with a broken hand.
  • Strikeforce light heavyweight Lorenz Larkin delivers a kick to the face of Scott Lighty, whom he eventually defeated via second round TKO in April. Larkin is an undefeated prospect who has quickly gained recognition for his exciting fighting style.
    Prospect Lorenz Larkin looks to bring excitement to Strikeforce Challengers 19
    Sept. 21, 2011
    Everything about Lorenz Larkin screams flashy. Even though he only turned to professional mixed martial arts two years ago, the 25-year-old Strikeforce light heavyweight has developed a creative striking game. Larkin’s first two Strikeforce bouts have included flying knees, front kicks, spinning elbows and a handful of unorthodox moves.
  • Luke Rockhold celebrates after winning a Strikeforce bout in 2009. Rockhold is the new middleweight champion of the promotion after beating Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in a major upset.
    Strikeforce results: Cormier, Barnett make finals in heavyweight tourney
    Sept. 11, 2011
    A decorated veteran of mixed martial arts will meet a star in the making in the finals of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix heavyweight tournament. Josh Barnett, a 33-year old former UFC champion and PRIDE standout, and Daniel Cormier, a 32-year old Olympic wrestler who started training in mixed martial arts two years ago, advanced to the championship with semifinal victories Saturday in Cincinnati.
  • Antonio Silva smiles after upsetting Fedor Emelianenko in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix on Feb. 12 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J.,
    Strikeforce World Grand Prix semifinals betting odds and picks
    Sept. 9, 2011
    Reports out of Strikeforce media events this week in Cincinnati indicate the fighters on Saturday’s card are upset with the lack of attention they’re receiving. They can blame their old colleagues. Former Strikeforce champions Nick Diaz and Alistair Overeem have dominated mixed martial arts news this week.
  • Derrick Mehmen bleeds heavily from a cut inflicted by Roy Jones during their light heavyweight match at Strikeforce Challengers Friday, August 12, 2011 in the Pearl Theater at the Palms. Mehman won by decision.
    Joe Duarte, Derrick Mehmen among winners at Strikeforce Challengers 18
    Aug. 13, 2011
    Derrick Mehmen surely startled more than a few people roaming the Palms casino floor Friday night when he made his way to a press conference after Strikeforce Challengers 18. The white t-shirt he threw on after his light heavyweight fight against Roy Jones had changed colors. It was dominantly red as he exited the Pearl, stained with pints of Mehmen’s own blood.
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