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VCURamFan 01-22-2013 09:51 PM

Updated: UFC Tonight reveals many former Strikeforce fighters set to move to the UFC


ince the closing of Strikeforce was announced there's been a lot of speculation on which fighters will make the transition over to the UFC. Some of the more obvious inclusions have already been announced like Heavyweight Daniel Cormier who will face Frank Mir at UFC On Fox 7 and Gil Melendez who will fight for the Lightweight title as the headliner of the same event.

On Tuesday, Ariel Helwani announced many more fighters confirmed to make the transition on UFC Tonight:

Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante, Gegard Mousasi

Middleweight: Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo Souza, Tim Kennedy, Roger Gracie, Lorenz Larkin

Welterweight: Nate Marquardt, Tarec Saffiedine, Roger Bowling, Jason High, Bobby Voelker

Lightweight: Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson, K.J. Noons, Ryan Couture, Pat Healy, Adriano Martins, Kurt Holobaugh

After the show, Helwani clarified via Twitter that this is not a comprehensive list, just the ones he was able to confirm so far. But even with just the shortlist, many of the names promise to exciting additions to their respective divisions.

Update: Other Strikeforce fighters already signed to the UFC include:
Isaac Vallie-Flagg (UFC 156), Robbie Lawler (UFC 157), Mizuto Hirota (UFC On Fuel TV 8), Jordan Mein (UFC 158), and Derek Brunson (UFC 155)

rearnakedchoke 01-23-2013 02:23 PM

glad to see guys like mousasi, jacare and mein in the ufc .. not so sure they will all do well, but glad they are in ...

Irish Pride 01-24-2013 12:20 AM

I really want Barnett :( We need good HW fighters.

flo 01-24-2013 01:05 AM

Hmmm, Nate Marquardt? Does Dana know about this?

(insert sarc tag here)

Actually, I'm happy to see Nate back in the fold and so many other terrific fighters making the transition. I agree with you, Irish Pride, that the UFC needs more HWs.

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