Man, that’s a lot of Strikeforce Fighters coming to the UFC

Posted: January 16, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news
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DanielCormierThis is kinda like the day after the MLB free agents start signing with their teams. It’s a day where everyone gets all excited at how awesome their favorite team will be with the addition of a journeyman pitcher who throws about 83 MPH and may or may not even make the rotation. Strikeforce has just provided the UFC a whole slew of new talent (some good, some eh).

We’ve had our own opinions on the new fighters entering the UFC, and now it’s happening for real. Here is a list of fighters that have already signed to make the jump, broken down nicely by weight class.

Heavyweight:
Daniel Cormier (11-0)

Light Heavyweight:
Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2)
Gian Villante (10-3)

Middleweight:
Roger Gracie (6-1)
Tim Kennedy (15-4)
Lorenz Larkin (13-0)
Luke Rockhold (10-1)
Ronaldo Souza (17-3)

Welterweight:
Roger Bowling (11-3)
Jason High (16-3)
Nate Marquardt (32-11-2)
Tarec Saffiedine (14-3)
Bobby Voelker (24-8)

Lightweight:
Ryan Couture (6-1)
Pat Healy (29-16)
Kurt Holobaugh (8-1)
Adriano Martins (24-6)
Gilbert Melendez (21-2)
K.J. Noons (11-6)
Josh Thomson (19-5)

In addition to those announced last night and listed above, there were some previous signings we shouldn’t forget about, who have been booked in fights already. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (UFC 156), Robbie Lawler (UFC 157), Mizuto Hirota (UFC on Fuel TV 8), Jordan Mein (UFC 158), Tyron Woodley (UFC 156) and Derek Brunson (UFC 155).

This doesn’t mean the signings are over. It just means that these are the ones who are already in the books. Obviously the one missing piece is Josh Barnett, who made reference to not being totally committed to signing with the UFC—unless his price was met. As we get more names, we’ll pass them on, but looking at the list, it sure is long. That probably means the UFC will begin paring down the roster immediately to make up for this influx of talent.

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Comments
  1. jumpingpolarbear says:

    The more the merrier but too bad about no Barnett!

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