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By Sensei Phillip Palmejar

Source:  UFC on FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight,” BJPenn.com and MMAWeekly.com

After months of tribulations with Strikeforce, the cancellation of shows, repetitive injuries and the lack of title defenses, Strikeforce is going the way of Pride Fighting Championships, complete dissolution with the most marquee fighters finding their way into the UFC’s Octogon.

This first list of fighters whose talent’s have been secured by the UFC has been released and although the list is extensive and stacked, it leaves one guessing about the lack of other certain “big money” names, specifically Josh “Warmaster” Barnett, who easily destroyed the out matched Nandor Guelmino via side choke submission.

Heavyweight:

Daniel Cormier (11-0 MMA, 8-0 SF)

Light Heavyweight:

Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2 MMA, 4-1-1 SF)

Gian Villante (10-3 MMA, 3-2 SF)

Middleweight:

Roger Gracie (6-1 MMA, 4-1 SF)

Tim Kennedy (15-4 MMA, 6-2 SF)

Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF)

Champion Luke Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF)

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (17-3 MMA, 7-1 SF)

Welterweight:

Roger Bowling (11-3 MMA, 4-3 SF)

Jason High (16-3 MMA, 3-0 SF, 0-1 UFC)

Nate Marquardt (32-11 MMA, 1-1 SF, 10-4 UFC)

Champion Tarec Saffiedine (14-3 MMA, 6-1 SF)

Bobby Voelker (24-8 MMA, 4-1 SF)

Lightweight:

Ryan Couture (6-1 MMA, 6-1 SF)

Pat Healy (29-16 MMA, 7-1 SF, 0-1 UFC)

Josh Thomson (19-5 MMA, 10-3 SF, 2-1 UFC)

Kurt Holobaugh (8-1 MMA, 0-1 SF) moving to 145

Adriano Martins (24-6 MMA, 1-0 SF)

Champion Gilbert Melendez (21-2 MMA, 11-1 SF)

K.J. Noons (11-6 MMA, 3-4 SF)

Hope you enjoyed that list.  Things are continuing to get deep in all the UFC divisions, especially in the Middleweight, Welterweight and Lightweight divisions.  Champ Gilbert Melendez is already slated to fight UFC Champ Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 7, Daniel Cormier is on tap for Frank Mir on the same card and with the inclusion of a game Saffiedine at Welterweight and Roger Gracie, Jacare and Rockhold coming in at Middleweight, it is going to be one fun cross over for the fans.

 

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