The official announcement may not come until Jan., but already it seems the cat’s out of the bag. As if the writing on the wall was not big enough – just as it was assumed, Strikeforce promotions will be closing its doors after it’s blowout extravaganza (every title must go) on Jan. 12th. Though this is great news for the fans, as Strikeforce versus UFC dream match-ups are now possible, it is being estimated that the UFC can only take in close to 20 out of the 80 current contract fighters. For majority of the talent Nov. 9th is either seen as freedom from contract or the loss of employment.
Not all is bad though as female MMA takes a huge step forward in exposure. As it stands, talks are that unless Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino agrees to a weight cut, Miesha Tate will be rematching for the title in early 2013.
As it stands, there is a list of (not finalized) currently tabbed fighters to make the transition to the UFC. The final decision for some will likely be based on their final performance.
Female Bantamweight: Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Sarah Kaufman, Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino, Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Liz Carmouche
Lightweight: Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson, Jorge Masvidal, Pat Healy
Weltherweight: Nate Marquardt, Tyron Woodley, Tarec Saffiedine, Bobby Voelker
Middleweight: Luke Rockhold, Tim Kennedy, Ronaldo Souza, Lorenz Larkin
Light Heavyweight: Gegard Mousasi, Ovince St. Preux, Rafael Cavalcante
Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett