Written By Jordan Maskell
With the news that Frank Mir will enter the Strikeforce cage to face David Cormier, the question is how many more UFC-Strikeforce bouts will we see in the future? The most recent cross promotion bout announced looks to be the first within Strikeforce. However, this is following a string of Strikeforce crossovers with former champions including Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Dan Henderson, and Allistar Overeem making the transition to the Octagon.
It has been revealed that the Strikeforce Heavyweight division will eventually be dissolved, as after this fight both Mir and Cormier will compete solely in the UFC. This will be done to focus on developing the depth of other weight classes, including a women’s division within the company. Many former Strikeforce Heavyweights have already entered the UFC including Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Shane del Rosario, Shawn Jordan, and of course Overeem.
Until now, both rosters have been considered exclusive to its respected promotion, although there have been exceptions to this rule. UFC President Dana White has said in the past that fighters from Strikeforce will not crossover to the UFC while there is a deal between Showtime and Strikeforce. The company was bought by the UFC’s parent company Zuffa in March 2011. He has said before he would not sign Strikeforce fighters while they were contracted with Strikeforce due to the deal with Showtime.
By: Matt Marcone
It often only takes one punch in the heavyweight division.
Such was the case at UFC 146 where ten heavyweights took over the main card and put on a stellar show. None of these bouts would make it to the third round.
The main event saw Junior “Cigano” dos Santos defend his heavyweight title by using excellent takedown defense and superior boxing.
After rocking Frank Mir with a thunderous right hand and a flurry of punches at the end of round one, Mir was asked by a commissioner in between rounds if he knew where he was.
“Yes sir, Mandalay Bay [in] Vegas, May 26,” Mir said.
Mir was actually fighting at the MGM Grand Garden. They must have figured it was close enough.
Written by Donny Oliveira
On Saturday May 26, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the UFC returns with a stellar card featuring for the first time all heavyweight action on the main card. The Champion Junior dos Santos will attempt his first defense of the title against 2 time former HW champ Frank Mir. The landscape of this division can change drastically after this card and it should be action packed with plenty of excitement to go around.