Live Blog and Play by Play for Strikeforce's Final Event

Jeremy Botter@jeremybotterMMA Senior WriterJanuary 11, 2013

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Well, the moment has finally arrived.

After 20-plus years in operation, Strikeforce will close its doors following the conclusion of tonight's "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" event in Oklahoma City.

Much has been written about the life and death of Strikeforce; I highly recommend reading Jonathan Snowden's excellent two-part oral history of the local California company that rose to become the second-largest MMA promotion in North America.

But that's all in the past. The only thing left to do is enjoy one final fight card from a promotion that gave us so many entertaining moments over the years. After that, the Strikeforce cage will come down one final time, and all we'll have left are the memories. Well, that and the promise of seeing some of the best Strikeforce fighters compete against their counterparts in the UFC.

I'm here tonight to give you complete coverage of the fight card. I'll do quick results for the first two preliminary fights (since they aren't being televised anywhere), and then we'll go in-depth on the rest of the prelim and main card fights.

And with that, let's start our live blog of "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine."