How have the ex-Strikeforce fighters done in the UFC? A look at their collective record since the merge and some other facts.
So the topic came about in another thread about how good the Strikeforce guys have been in the UFC since the merger in early 2013. For statistics’ sake, here is how each fighter has done in the UFC at each weight class. I’m not including the fighters from the women’s bantamweight division, since it was also new at the same time.
Note: If a fighter is now in a different weight class, his name will be highlighted in italics. If a fighter is no longer with the UFC, his name will be struck through.
Daniel Cormier (2-0), Had Top 5 Ranking in HW before moving down
Josh Barnett (1-1), Current #6 in HW Rankings
Guto Inocente (0-1)
Daniel Cormier (2-0), Current #2 in LHW Rankings, Will Challenge for LHW Title
Ovince St. Preux (4-0), Current #10 in LHW Rankings
Gegard Mousasi (1-0), Had Top 10 Ranking in LHW before moving down
Rafael Cavalcante (1-2), Current #12 in LHW Rankings
Gian Villante (2-2)
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (3-0), Current #4 in MW Rankings
Luke Rockhold (2-1), Current #5 in MW Rankings
Tim Kennedy (3-0), Current #6 in MW Rankings
Gegard Mousasi (1-1), Current #7 in MW Rankings
Yoel Romero (4-0), Current #11 in MW Rankings
Derek Brunson (2-1)
Trevor Smith (2-2)
Nate Marquardt (1-0)
Lorenz Larkin (1-3)
Roger Gracie (0-1), CONTRACT NOT RENEWED
Anthony Smith (0-1), CUT
Bristol Marunde (0-2), CUT
Robbie Lawler (5-1), Current #1 in WW Rankings, Challenged for WW Title, Will Likely Challenge for WW Title
Tyron Woodley (3-2), Current #4 in WW Rankings
Tarec Saffiedine (1-0), Current #10 in WW Rankings
Adlan Amagov (2-0)
K.J. Noons (1-0)
Nate Marquardt (0-2)
Bobby Voelker (0-4)
Jason High (2-2), CUT due to pushing a ref
Gilbert Melendez (1-1), Current #2 in WW Rankings, Challenged for LW Title, Will Challenge for LW Title
Josh Thomson (1-2), Current #6 in LW Rankings, Was Going to Challenge for LW Title
Bobby Green (4-0), Current #7 in LW Rankings
Jorge Masvidal (4-1), Current #14 in LW Rankings
Adriano Martins (2-1)
K.J. Noons (1-1)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg (1-2)
Roger Bowling (0-2, 1 NC)
Yancy Medeiros (0-2, 1 NC)
Pat Healy (0-4, 1 NC), CUT
Ryan Couture (0-2), CUT
Caros Fodor (0-1), CUT
Mizuto Hirota (0-2), CUT
Kurt Holobaugh (0-1), CUT
Overall record of Strikeforce fighters since joining the UFC: 60 wins, 51 losses, 3 No Contests.
That record is shared between 38 fighters.
2 of these fighters have fought in title matches (Gilbert Melendez and Robbie Lawler)
The same 2 have also received title shots twice (technically hasn’t been officially confirmed for Lawler, I know)
4 fighters have received title shots (Melendez, Lawler, Daniel Cormier, and Josh Thomson; unfortunately Thomson didn’t end up getting his when Anthony Pettis got injured)
8 fighters are still undefeated in their UFC tenures so far; these fighters are responsible for nearly half of the Strikeforce fighters’ win total, with a combined record of 25 wins and 0 losses (Cormier, St. Preux, Jacare, Kennedy, Romero, Saffiedine, Amagov, Green)
Of the undefeated fighters, Cormier, St. Preux, Romero, and Green all lead the way with the best records (4-0), Jacare and Kennedy are next (3-0), while Amagov and Saffiedine are still 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.
The ex-Strikeforce fighter with the most wins since the merge is Robbie Lawler, with 5. He is also the most active fighter of the lot with 6 professional bouts.
Currently, sixteen fighters are numbered in the UFC official ranking system, which goes up to 15. Twelve are in the top 10, and six are in the top 5. Those six are: Daniel Cormier (#2 LHW), Jacare Souza (#4 MW), Luke Rockhold (#5 MW), Robbie Lawler (#1 WW), Tyron Woodley (#4 WW), and Gilbert Melendez (#2 WW).
No fighter has yet to win a UFC title.
Of these 38 fighters, only 16 have a winning record during their tenure in the UFC. 17 have a losing record, and 12 have failed to pick up a win at all.
These 12 winless fighters also make up almost half of the loss total for all ex-Strikeforce fighters (their overall record is 0 wins, 23 losses, and 3 NCs).
Of the 12 winless fighters, 8 have been cut. Remarkably, Bobby Voelker (0-4), Roger Bowling (0-2, 1 NC), and Yancy Medeiros (0-2, 1 NC), have managed to avoid the pink slip so far.
Since the merge, 9 fighters have been cut from the UFC. The total of these fighters records while they were in the promotion was 2 wins, 16 losses, and 1 NC.
The only cut fighter that won in the UFC is Jason High. He is also the only fighter cut that did not have a losing record (2-2). This is due to the reason he was cut: making aggressive physical contact with a ref.
We can tell that, at every weight class from LW to HW, the Strikeforce imports have made a significant impact in each division (well, maybe not so much for HW). Strikeforce fighters have fought for the title in LW and WW, the majority of contenders right now at MW are ex-Strikeforce (indeed, this division has definitely changed the most since the merge), and LHW got a much-needed injection of new talent with Cormier and OSP.
There have also been quite a few fighters that didn’t quite make it, but still, considering that Strikeforce was the #2 promotion before its dissolution, I would have to say that the majority of the fighters have punched above their weight