Since EliteXC and now Affliction both folded, might as well make a Strikeforce thread since Fedor is there now. They're trying to step up there game by putting a lot of titles on the line in one card this Saturday.
The main event features Gina Carano taking on Cristiane Santos for the inaugural Strikeforce Women's Championship which is contested at 145 pounds (66 kg).Main cardWomen's Championship (145 lbs) bout
Five minute rounds will be featured for all fights including the women's bouts.
The undercard for the event has been riddled with many unexpected interruptions and changes:
Joe Riggs pulled out of his bout with Nick Diaz on July 23, 2009 due to suffering an adverse reaction to a drug. Diaz was then slated to face Jay Hieron for the Welterweight Championship belt. However, Diaz missed a pre-fight drug test mandated by the California State Athletic Commission and was denied a license to compete. Diaz has now been replaced with former Ultimate Fighter contestant Jesse Taylor and the fight is now a non-title bout.
Renato Sobral was to face off against Gegard Mousasi at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1, 2009, but the match was scrapped following the cancellation of the event. The match was rescheduled after both fighters signed contracts with Strikeforce. The match will be for the Light Heavyweight Championship belt.
Josh Thomson will be unable to defend his title due to a lingering injury. Mitsuhiro Ishida will face Gilbert Melendez for the Interim title.
Alistair Overeem was rumoured to defend his Heavyweight championship belt against Brett Rogers, but it was announced that he would defend the belt against Fabricio Werdum instead. Ultimately Overeem had to pull out of the bout due to lingering issues with a hand injury. Werdum will remain on the card and face off against Mike Kyle.
A previously announced bout featuring Erin Toughill has been called off. She is the reserve fighter in case either Gina or Cris are unable to fight.
A previously reported bout featuring Roger Gracie will not take place as Gracie has backed out of the match.
Gina Carano vs. Cristiane SantosWelterweight bout
Jesse Taylor vs. Jay HieronLight Heavyweight Championship bout
Renato Sobral (c) vs. Gegard MousasiInterim Lightweight Championship bout
Gilbert Melendez (ic) vs. Mitsuhiro IshidaPreliminary card
Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Kyle
Mike Cook vs. Scott Lighty
David Douglas vs. Justin Wilcox
James Terry vs. Zak Bucia
Alex Trevino vs. Isaiah Hill