MARQUARDT AND CORMIER HEADLINE STRIKEFORCE® CARD IN OKLAHOMA CITY ON JAN. 12
Dec 25, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas, Nevada – STRIKEFORCE® welterweight
champion and seasoned UFC® veteran Nate
Marquardt will defend his title against current number one
Saffiedine on Saturday, Jan. 12 as STRIKEFORCE® visits
Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. In the night’s
co-main event, Oklahoma State University All-American wrestler and
STRIKEFORCE Grand Prix heavyweight champion Daniel
Cormier takes on kickboxing veteran Dion
Staring. The event will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT
(delayed on the West Coast) as part of the premium network’s Free
Preview Weekend whereby more than 80 million households nationwide
will have access to SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and
This will mark the final STRIKEFORCE event on SHOWTIME.
“Since 2009, SHOWTIME has been a great partner and we appreciate
its support of STRIKEFORCE and our athletes,” Scott Coker,
STRIKEFORCE CEO, said. “For our final event, we’ve loaded the card
with some outstanding fights. This is going to be a memorable night
for the sport of mixed martial arts.”
“We are proud of our association with Scott Coker and the entire
STRIKEFORCE team,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President
and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “From Gina Carano
Emelianenko to Daniel
Cormier, Nick Diaz to
Melendez, SHOWTIME Sports and STRIKEFORCE have built some of
the biggest stars in the sport and have produced many of the most
watched and most intriguing fights in the history of MMA. We look
forward to another night of competitive and explosive STRIKEFORCE
fights on SHOWTIME on January 12 in OKC.”
In addition to the main and co-main events, STRIKEFORCE® will also
feature the following matchups that include several past champions
and many of the sports top prospects:
· At lightweight, winner of four straight Estevan
Payan vs. Team Alpha Male’s Michael Bravo
STRIKEFORCE® will air live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed
on the West Coast), while preliminary fights will be shown live on
SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast).
Additional fights scheduled for the event are expected to be
Tickets for STRIKEFORCE® are on sale now and are priced at $150,
$100, $70 and $50. Tickets are available at the Chesapeake Energy
Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, at Ticketmaster.com
or 1-800-745-3000. Applicable service charges may apply.
For more information or the latest STRIKEFORCE news, visit
www.strikeforce.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
About STRIKEFORCE® - www.strikeforce.com Owned and operated by
Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the
Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a
world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in Las Vegas, Nev.
that currently holds live events annually across the United States.
First established as a mixed martial arts entity in 2006,
STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on SHOWTIME® and has
produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network.
With a growing roster featuring the world’s elite competitors,
STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality
mixed martial arts action.
About Showtime Networks Inc. Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the
premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and
FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME®
SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®,
SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ XTRA.
SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ HD, SHOWTIME ON
DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND. SNI also manages
Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the
Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™. All SNI
feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets
and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to
subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.
Chesapeake Energy Arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena is celebrating its
10-year anniversary in 2012 and recently completed a more than $90
million renovation that included a new grand entrance and other
significant upgrades. The arena is managed by SMG, which since 1977
has provided management services to more than 220 public assembly
facilities including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts
centers, equestrian facilities and convention, congress and