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Strikeforce Betting: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Analysis and Predictions

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Friday, 11 January 2013 21:05

Strikeforce Betting: Marquardt vs. SaffiedineWhat started originally as a kickboxing organization and became, at the time, the second most important MMA promotion in the world comes to an end. After 7 years of MMA, Strikeforce signs off with an event that will go down in history, both by a billboard full of good fighters as being marked in the hearts of all of us MMA fans have already seen other organizations close and taste is always green.

Strikeforce came to promote 63 events where we saw legends born and retire. Hexagon was the other side of mixed martial arts where many applauded Strikeforce events of hating the UFC despite both organizations fall under the mandate of Zuffa. After being home to much history is always hard to say goodbye. With Strikeforce go, one last time, to the point.

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Tomorrow, January 12, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma through Showtime main card gives us:


Main Card.

Catchweight. (194lbs): Ed Herman vs Ronaldo Souza:

Original of the UFC, Ed Herman, was a finalist of The Ultimate Fighter 3. With a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, has 13 submission wins when his opponent is a Ronaldo Souza, also a black belt in Jiu Jitsu and 12 submissions in his pocket, there is a possibility of seeing giant good footwork. Especially Ronaldo Souza, who will surely take the fight to the ground. Since strikin 'is not really his forte.
Obviously, we could bring a surprise; Their last victory was way fists (and only) so this could tell he's been working more on his hands. But the strongest reason for which Souza reach the cage is much more prepared, because there is a good chance of being signed by the UFC depending on the outcome. Ed Herman, including their defeats, has faced fighters stronger than Souza, his last battle ended up being N / C when Jake Shields failed the post fight drug test anti.

Light Heavyweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyl:

Considered the number eight of the best light heavywheight according, Sherdog Although not share the same opinion calling well below the top 10, Gegard Mousasi is the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, and former Dream Middleweight Champion and also in Dream on Cage Warriors. The Armenian aged 27, is a veteran of the sport with 32 wins from 37 fights. Swimming in submissions and KOs, coming off a victory over Ovince St Preux by unanimous decision at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal in 2011. After this battle, has not returned to the cage for over a year without a fight, despite having signed a contract for six fights in Strikeforce, the organization closing, do not know what the future of this fighter.

His opponent, Mike Kyle, is known for his victories over Rafael Cavalcante and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and is a powerful striker, 12 KOs clothe his 19 victories. Mousasi has sufficient ability to take the fight to the ground and dominate Kyle, who does not have very good job in Jiu Jitsu. But it is not easy work, Mike Kyle is a fighter who already had a chance in the UFC, WEC and other organizations, has enough travel. This fight will be, no doubt, a good war.

Heavyweight: Josh Barnett vs Nandor Guelmino:

Nandor Guelmino is a little known fighter, directly from Austria, Nandor has 11 victories in a record of 14 fights, taking six opponents by submission. He openly declared fan of Fedor Emelianenko, fight against former UFC champion, and King of Pancrase Openweight Grand Prix finalist made by PRIDE and Strikeforce.
A true veteran of the sport, Barnett has yet to secure a position to return to the UFC but Strikeforce last victory would secure a step to change the thinking of Dana White.

Barnett also has more submissions than KOs on his record. So the floor would be something interesting to do in this fight. The Jiu Jitsu in the heavyweights always be interesting with such great fighters, see his skill in the art is something to look soft. Few Heavywheights have speed or skill on the floor like a Frank Mir, for example, but these two are enough to end the fight in the first round. If it becomes a fight of striking, Barnet is taking the lead. But as we know, we can always bring a surprise.

Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring:

An incredible co-main event, Daniel Cormier is undoubtedly the best heavyweights that has the MMA. It is probably the best wrestler in high weights of sport and there is a great possibility (if not safe YA) to be signed with the UFC.

Despite having a short record in MMA, Cormier is undefeated and has had 10 fights have been impressive, showing great mastery and control. Beating the likes of Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett. Cormier has many gold medals at U.S. Championships, Pan American and World bronze in wrestling, but still maintains a powerful striking and the fight could go to any aspect not be a problem.

Your opponent should not be dismissed, is Dion Staring, has not been defeated since 2010 and has 35 fights that give you enough experience in the cage. His record 14 knockouts spills that could be an important factor to Cormier's jaw, but the wrestling of Daniel is very high and the fight will be brought to the floor every time there is opportunity. In the last six victories Staring, 4 have come by submission so Cormier should take caution when fighting ras canvas.

Welterweight Championship: Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine:

The main event of the night, for the welterweight belt, which carries it now Nate Marquardt who also was a three-time champion of Pancrase middleweight and was a top contender in the UFC. In this last battle in Strikeforce, Tarec Saffiedine's opponent, who has been fighting since 2007 and has 13 wins and only 3 losses (all by decision)
Marquardt is a fighter with a lot of experience, has 44 professional fights, with 32 wins, has 4 black belts (jiu jitsu, pankration, jujutsu, Gaidojultsu) and 15 submissions rather specific, showing good footwork, taught by Ricardo Murgel. The winner of this fight (if not both) will probably contract with the UFC 170 division.

Nate won impressively, Tyron Woodley and Tarec to take three consecutive wins. But the leading three wins have been by decision Tarec and against competition that deserves respect, yes, but not competition TOP Marquardt unlike that in his record has defeated fighters like Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares, Martin Kampmann and Dan Miller . Marquardt has the advantage and can bring Saffiedine surprise us.

Thus says goodbye STRIKEFORCE, a company that we will gift fights for history and its closure leaves us with a feeling of disgust many wearing ties that control the sports industry we love. Moreover, the approval to closing is the amount of Strikeforce fighters who possibly see in the UFC, fighters who deserve to be in the UFC for a long time, as if Gilbert Melendez, who, although not yet confirmed, has a good chance to finally enter the octagon, being undoubtedly the best exponents of the sport in the 153 lbs.

As Melendez, many other prospects who will get another chance. That the closure of the company is the reason for the gain, not the most successful in the world, but the important thing is to succeed.

Strikeforce Thanks for all the shows you gave us. You will be in our memory with PRIDE, WEC and many other souvenirs of the best sport in the world.

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