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Three title fights announced for next Strikeforce event

The middleweight, welterweight, and lightweight titles will all be on the line when Strikeforce holds its next event.  Luke Rockhold will take on Lorenz Larkin, Nate Marquardt will fight Tarec Saffiedine, and Gilbert Melendez will battle Pat Healy.

Additionally, heavyweight grand prix tournament winner Daniel Cormier will fight in the last heavyweight fight to take place for the promotion.  “DC” will take on promotional newcomer Dion Staring.  Staring holds a professional record of 28-7, with 14 of the victories coming by way of knockout and seven by submission.

The card will be held on Jan. 12 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, which is where the cancelled Nov. 3 card was originally scheduled to take place.

Bellator 80 weigh in results

Bellator fighters again tipped the scales, this time in Hollywood, Fla.  All of the fighters made weight for tomorrow nights event.  Two of the four main card fights are season seven tournament semi-final fights, as heavyweights Vinicius Queiroz and Alexander Volkov square off and featherweights Wagnney Fabiano and Rad Martinez take each other on.  In the evenings main event, former featherweight champion Joe Warren will look to get back on track as he battles Owen Evinger in a bantamweight contest.

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Joe Warren (135.6) vs. Owen Evinger (135.2)
Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals Fight: Vinicius Queiroz (240.5) vs. Alexander Volkov (226)
Featherweight Tournament Semifinals Fight: Wagnney Fabiano (146) vs. Rad Martinez (145.8)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Darryl Cobb (185.2) vs. Brett Cooper (185.8)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Mitchel Quinones (154.6) vs. Brandon Girtz (156)
Welterweight Feature Fight:  Robert Otani (170.8) vs. Cristiano Souza (170)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Josh Quayhagen (169) vs. Cosmo Alexandre (168.2)
Catchweight Feature Fight(150): Sky Moiseichik (146.4) vs. Shannon Slack (149.2)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Joe Vedepo (185.4) vs. Mike Bernhard (185.6)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Ryan DeRocher(170) vs. Taylor Krahl(171)

Three fights added to UFC on Fox 6

Clay Guida will be making his featherweight debut when he steps into the Octagon on Jan. 26 in Chicago.  The former lightweight will be taking on Hatsu Hioki in his debut at the weight class, which should prove to be a challenge.  Recently, Hoiki was offered a title fight against Jose Aldo, but turned it down when he felt he was not ready for the fight.

Heavyweights Mike Russow and Shawn Jordan will also fight one another at the event.  Both fighters are coming off of a loss as Russow was defeated by Fabricio Werdum at UFC 147 and Jordan lost to Cheick Kongo at UFC 149.

Another featherweight contest has been added to the card, as Erik Koch will square off with Ricardo Lamas. Until an injury, Koch was scheduled to take on champion Jose Aldo, while Lamas recently defeated Hioki.

Six month suspension for Herman

After testing positive to having marijuana in his system after his fight at UFC 153, heavyweight Dave Herman was suspended by the UFC for six months.  Because the event took place in Brazil, the promotion acted as its own regulatory commission at the event.

As a part of the suspension, Herman agreed to take part in drug-rehabilitation.

This is the second time in his career that he has failed a drug test.


Photo: Gilbert Melendez (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.