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Strikeforce was one of the preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions in the world from 2006 until it folded in 2013. The promotion gave a platform to some of the greatest fighters in the world, while also helping launch women's MMA as a force in the sport. Journey with us as we go through the major events and moments in Strikeforce history!

Strikeforce was one of the preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions in the world from 2006 until it folded in 2013. The promotion gave a platform to some of the greatest fighters in the world, while also helping launch women's MMA as a force in the sport. Journey with us as we go through the major events and moments in Strikeforce history!

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Strikeforce was one of the preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions in the world from 2006 until it folded in 2013. The promotion gave a platform to some of the greatest fighters in the world, while also helping launch women's MMA as a force in the sport. Journey with us as we go through the major events and moments in Strikeforce history!

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English


Episodes

"Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" - July 30, 2011...the Fedor era ends for Strikeforce as "The Last Emperor" leaves it all inside the hexagon

11/29/2021
It's truly the end of an era as Fedor competes for the final time under the Strikeforce banner, facing Dan Henderson in a highly-anticipated iteration of USA vs. Russia. The bout ends in controversy, leaving questions that were never answered. In addition, Miesha Tate tastes Strikeforce gold, Tim Kennedy out-strategizes Robby Lawler, and we have a couple new contenders for the now-vacant welterweight title. Lots to get to on this packed episode! All our links can be found here:...

Duration:01:11:12

The biggest moments in Strikeforce history*...Shamrock, Diaz, Cung, Carano, Cyborg, and so much more

11/22/2021
On this week's episode, we're running through the biggest moments in Strikeforce history...so far. As of this episode, we're in June of 2011...what are the biggest moments that have taken place? We have Shamrock-Gracie, Shamrock-Baroni, Shamrock-Le, Shamrock-Diaz (seeing a trend yet?), Melendez-Thomson, Carano-Cyborg, Fedor, Hendo, and so much more. We run through them all! All our links can be found here: https://podfollow.com/inside-the-hexagon/view. Download and subscribe, and connect...

Duration:00:24:14

"Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" - June 18, 2011...the heavyweight grand prix continues as DC makes a statement!

11/15/2021
On this week's episode it's the 2nd leg of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, as we see some big men look to brutalize each other! "The Gravedigger" looks to neutralize "The Python," Daniel Cormier takes a big step up in competition against a former UFC heavyweight title challenger, "Gamebred" tangles with "King Karl," "The Babyfaced Assassin" looks to down "The Grim," and "The Demolition Man" seeks revenge against the Fedor killer. Lots of interesting tidbits to get to...check it out!...

Duration:00:38:45

"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" - April 9, 2011...it's the end of an era as Zuffa buys Strikeforce!

11/8/2021
The MMA landscape is forever altered as the news is revealed that Strikeforce has been acquired by Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC! But, hey, we've still got a fight to put on, and Nick Diaz will lay his welterweight title on the line against feared British slugger Paul "Semtex" Daley. In addition, Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert returns to battle Japanese superstar Tatsuya Kawajiri, while Gegard Mousasi is also back to take on "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine. We also get an...

Duration:00:41:31

Longtime MMAJunkie Reporter John Morgan checks in to break down Zuffa's 2011 purchase of Strikeforce, what it means for the fighters and the sport as a whole, and how it still resonates today

11/1/2021
Strikeforce experienced many big moments, but few were bigger than when the promotion was purchased by the UFC's then-parent company, Zuffa! Former MMA Journalist of the Year John Morgan joins us to discuss why the purchase came about, how it affected the fighters, how the MMA world responded, and more! It was truly the end of an era in MMA, and we break it all down on this week's episode...make sure to check it out! All our links can be found here:...

Duration:00:37:20

Former Strikeforce star Tim Kennedy joins the show to discuss his run inside the hexagon (and why he misses it), his strategic win over Melvin Manhoef, his philosophy, and more!

10/25/2021
It's been over a year in the making, but we finally came to the right time to have the one and only Tim Kennedy on "Inside the Hexagon"! We go over what got him started in MMA, his early run in the sport, climbing the ranks in Strikeforce, and what he misses about the promotion. We also key in on his win over the always-dangerous Melvin Manhoef at "Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson," discussing Tim's strategy, as well as the dream he had before the fight that told him he'd win in a very...

Duration:00:28:35

"Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson" - March 5, 2011...Hendo captures Strikeforce gold while Tim Kennedy makes a statement!

10/18/2021
Dan Henderson is truly one of MMA's legends, and on March 5, 2011, "Hendo" proved it once again when he vanquished the bigger Brazilian champion, Feijao Cavalcante, to win the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship. It was a signature KO brought on by Henderson's "H-bomb" right hand. Also on the card, Liz Carmouche established herself as a fighter to watch in Strikeforce's women's bantamweight division. And, Tim Kennedy teaches Melvin Manhoef a lesson. Enjoy this episode as we break it...

Duration:00:57:23

Former Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou discusses working with Scott Coker, booking some of the promotion's biggest fights, going from Wimp 2 Warrior, and more!

10/11/2021
Rich Chou has done it all in the sport of MMA. A Scott Coker protégé, he oversaw the booking of so many big fights in Rumble on the Rock, EliteXC, Strikeforce, and Bellator. On this week's show, Chou discusses his formative years, including his lone MMA fight, his crossover to the operations side of the sport, working with the Penn Family, what goes into making the matches fans want to see and so much more. We dive into his run with Strikeforce, reminiscing on what made the promotion so very...

Duration:00:57:28

"Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva" - February 12, 2011..."The Last Emperor" returns as the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix commences!

10/4/2021
We're back from our short break, and on this week's episode we're discussing the kickoff of 2011's Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament! At the inaugural event, there are three alternate bouts, with all three fights ending in first round finishes. Then, in the co-main event, Russian slugger Sergei Kharitonov makes his Strikeforce debut against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. And, in the main event, "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko tries to rebound from the first...

Duration:01:03:14

Break extension...

9/27/2021
Extending our break by one week...will be back next week! All our links can be found here: https://podfollow.com/inside-the-hexagon/view. Download and subscribe, and connect with us on Instagram and Twitter...@TheHexagonPod. Make sure you check out Evergreen Podcasts at www.evergreenpodcasts.com. Also, please don't forget to rate and review! We appreciate your support! Sources: Tapology, Sherdog, MMA Weekly, MMA Junkie, Figure Four Weekly Special thanks to Joseph McDade for our theme song:...

Duration:00:00:56

One-Week Break!

9/20/2021
We're taking a quick one-week break...we'll be back next week! All our links can be found here: https://podfollow.com/inside-the-hexagon/view. Download and subscribe, and connect with us on Instagram and Twitter...@TheHexagonPod. Make sure you check out Evergreen Podcasts at www.evergreenpodcasts.com. Also, please don't forget to rate and review! We appreciate your support! Sources: Tapology, Sherdog, MMA Weekly, MMA Junkie, Figure Four Weekly Special thanks to Joseph McDade for our theme...

Duration:00:01:50

Phil walks through the "Inside the Hexagon" origin story!

9/13/2021
We're doing something different this week, as Phil walks through the story of his time in MMA, including Strikeforce, as well as what made him want to create "Inside the Hexagon!" Here how Phil got started in MMA, including some of his experiences while working in the sport, how Josh got involved with the show, and more! It's a quick, interesting look at how we've gotten to where we're at...tune in! All our links can be found here: https://podfollow.com/inside-the-hexagon/view. Download and...

Duration:00:18:51

"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg" - January 29, 2011...Nick Diaz destroys a Cyborg with an absolute masterpiece!

9/6/2021
It's another Strikeforce event full of finishes as we're covering "Diaz vs. Cyborg" this week! The welterweight title is on the line in the main event as Nick Diaz further establishes his genius inside the cage with a masterful performance against a very game, tough Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos. While the champ looked to be in trouble in the first round, it was all part of his game plan...it's a great fight! We also see "Jacare" Souza defend his middleweight belt for the first time against...

Duration:01:09:58

The man who booked Fedor Emelianenko when the UFC couldn't, former Bodog Fight matchmaker Miguel Iturrate joins us to discuss the first Playboy Mansion show, Fedor-Lindland, and more!

8/30/2021
Former Bodog Fights matchmaker Miguel Iturrate joins us this week to discuss his long career in MMA, which included booking the first all-female fight card, handling Bodog Fight's incredible roster of fighters (which included Jorge Masvidal, Eddie Alvarez, and many others), putting some of Strikeforce's first Playboy Mansion fights together, how he almost put on Fedor-Couture, and more! Some really cool stories for hardcore MMA history fans...check it out! All our links can be found here:...

Duration:00:32:33

"Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II" - December 4, 2010...four main card knockouts, all of them vicious...can't ask for much more!

8/23/2021
We're covering a historic card on this week's episode, as, for the first time in the promotion's history, the main card of a Strikeforce card features four knockouts! And they're brutal...we see Bigfoot Silva, Robbie Lawler, Paul "Semtex" Daley, and Dan Henderson dealing out some massive KO's. We break down the card, discuss the finishes, and delve into more of Scott Coker's matchmaking. Don't miss it! All our links can be found here: https://podfollow.com/inside-the-hexagon/view. Download...

Duration:03:34:43

Strikeforce vs. UFC Dream Fights...Fedor vs. Brock, Shamrock vs. Sonnen, Melendez vs. McGregor, and more

8/16/2021
On this week's episode, we're breaking down some Strikeforce vs. UFC dream fights! What would have happened if Fedor and Brock had locked horns? Would Cung Le have been able to topple middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva? How would Strikeforce's lightweight class have stacked up against the UFC's? And how would Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey have played out? We're chatting through it all...check it out! All our links can be found here: https://podfollow.com/inside-the-hexagon/view. Download and...

Duration:02:40:20

"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II" - October 9, 2010...it's a huge main event grudge match as Nick Diaz rematches KJ Noons, this time with the Strikeforce welterweight title on the line!

8/9/2021
Welterweight champion Nick Diaz finally gets a shot at revenge as he tangles with KJ Noons with the title on the line in the main event of "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II!" The card also features the SF main card debut of Tyron Woodley, as well as a fight with fireworks between Josh Thomson and JZ Cavalcante. And, Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion puts her belt up for grabs in a memorable scrap with Marloes Coenen. We break it all down on this week's episode! All our links can be...

Duration:03:24:11

EA all day! We break down the "EA Sports MMA" video game with its Project Lead, Rob Hyder

8/2/2021
We're taking a bit of a detour this week as we delve into 2010's "EA Sports MMA" video game with the title's Project Leader, Rob Hyder! Rob discusses his role with the game, how Strikeforce got involved, what it was like trying to sign fighters like Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko, why fighters aren't good at motion capture, and so much more! Dana White, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Hidehiko Yoshida, Bob Sapp...the gang's all here! It's an intriguing behind-the-scenes chat...don't miss it. All...

Duration:00:40:36

"Strikeforce: Houston" - August 21, 2010...Strikeforce crowns two new champions, a fight ends controversially, and Lashley loses

7/26/2021
Feijao and Jacare reign supreme as we cover "Strikeforce: Houston" this week! The promotion sees two new champions crowned, as Feijao Cavalcante takes the light heavyweight belt from King Mo, and Jacare Souza captures the vacant middleweight title with a win over Tim Kennedy. In addition, KJ Noons gets a very controversial stoppage win (spoiler: illegal knee) over Jorge Gurgel, and Bobby Lashley suffers his first MMA loss. Lots to get to...download and listen today! All our links can be...

Duration:04:42:29

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le is back! He discusses getting revenge against Scott Smith, "ducking" Jake Shields, and his legacy

7/19/2021
Cung Le is back on this week's episode of "Inside the Hexagon," and we delve into so much! Cung discusses his painful loss in "The Miracle in San Jose" at the hands of Scott Smith, and what it meant to him to get that win back. The former champ also discusses allegations from Jake Shields that he was ducking him, as well as his overall legacy in Strikeforce and MMA as a whole. Download and enjoy hearing from this legend once again! All our links can be found here:...

Duration:01:28:39