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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: Rockhold vs. Jardine" - January 7, 2012...Luke Rockhold proves he'd legit while King Mo destroys both his opponent and his reputation

1/17/2022
Happy MLK Day! Phil is down (with COVID) but not out, as he and Josh get the band back together to discuss..."Rockhold vs. Jardine"! On the card, Robbie Lawler gets "Ruthless" once again, while Tyron Woodley stakes his claim to a shot at vacant welterweight gold. Meanwhile, King Mo does damage to both his opponent and his credibility, while Luke Rockhold shuts up some of the naysayers with a solid win over a quality opponent in his first defense of his middleweight crown. It's a shorter...

Duration:00:46:52

"Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal" - December 17, 2011...Gilbert Melendez proves he's one of the best in the world, while Cris Cyborg falls from grace

1/10/2022
On this week's episode, we delve into "Melendez vs. Masvidal"! This is a momentous time for Strikeforce, as the promotion renews its deal with Showtime, but also loses a marquee weight class and is forced to reduce its number of events. Despite all the questions surrounding the promotion, there are still fights to feature, and we've got some good ones on this card, including Gegard Mousasi vs. OSP, KJ Noons vs. Billy Evangelista, Cris Cyborg vs. Hiroko Yamanaka, and "El Nino" Gilbert...

Duration:00:43:25

Merry Christmas! On this week's episode, we break down the 12 of Christmas, Strikeforce-style!

12/27/2021
Christmas is now in our rear-view mirror, and we hope you got all you wanted this year! For our latest episode, Phil & Josh break down the 12 gifts Strikeforce gave us during the promotion's run, including the resurgence of Frank Shamrock, the introduction of Cung Le, Ronda Rousey, and others, as well as some of the craziest moments in MMA history. So, sit down, grab some eggnog, get that fire blazing, and enjoy! All our links can be found here: https://podfollow.com/inside-the-hexagon/view....

Duration:00:38:36

"Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" - September 10, 2011...Daniel Cormier punches Bigfoot and his ticket to the grand prix finals, announcing his arrival in the process!

12/20/2021
DC shows he's a force to be reckoned with on this week's episode! We see the finals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix come to fruition as Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett advance, and both do it in style. In addition, we have a new Strikeforce middleweight champion in Luke Rockhold, and King Mo rebounds from his title loss to knock a Gracie off his perch. This is a fun one...don't miss it! All our links can be found here: https://podfollow.com/inside-the-hexagon/view. Download and...

Duration:01:00:30

Two former MMA writers delve into what it was like to cover MMA during Strikeforce's heyday, Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate, Scott Coker, what's wrong with MMA journalism today, and more!

12/13/2021
We're changing things up a bit this week, as Josh steps in for Phil (who's on vacation) and chats with good friend and well-respected former MMA journalist Erik Fontanez! Formerly with Bleacher Report, Yahoo! Sports, and Gracie Mag, while mostly being known for his time with MMA Weekly, Fontanez saw it all during his time in MMA. On this episode, Josh and Erik dive into MMA journalism, Strikeforce, women's MMA, Ronda Rousey's feud with Miesha Tate, Scott Coker, and more. It's an intriguing...

Duration:00:53:26

Who were the best female fighters in Strikeforce history? Is it Ronda Rousey or Cris Cyborg at the top of the list? Where does Miesha Tate?

12/6/2021
This week, Josh and I are breaking down the top five female fighters in Strikeforce history! While there isn't a sizable list of fighters that competed in the women's divisions, the ones that did tended to make a big impact...not just on the promotion at that time, but on the future of the sport. Marloes Coenen, Sarah Kaufman, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey...we break them all down, chatting through their accomplishments and impact both in and out of the cage. Finally, we battle over...

Duration:00:30:36

"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