Josh Barnett ($200,000) and Gilbert Melendez ($175,000) were the two big money winners on Saturday’s Strikeforce card in San Jose, Calif.
Just days after an impressive submission win at lightweight, Cody McKenzie will drop to 145 to face recent title challenger Chad Mendes at UFC 148 in July.
With Renan Barao moving up to face Urijah Faber for the interim bantamweight title at UFC 148, Mike Easton will step in to fight Ivan Menjivar.
The UFC returns to San Jose for the first time since the already legendary Dan Henderson-Shogun Rua fight. UFC on Fuel TV 4 heads to California on July 11.
Nate Marquardt returns to Zuffa and will face Tyron Woodley for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title on July 14 in Portland.
Gilbert Melendez got all he could handle from Josh Thomson in their trilogy bout Saturday, but he survived to win a split decision and retain the Strikeforce lightweight title.
Al Iaquinta, Urijah Faber’s top pick, and Dominick Cruz team member Vinc Pichel moved into the semifinals with wins Friday on “The Ultimate Fighter LIVE” on FX.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested early Saturday near his hometown in upstate New York on suspicion of DUI after wrecking his Bentley.
Renan Barao is the fill-in for an injured Dominick Cruz and will fight Uirjah Faber for the interim bantamweight title at UFC 148, Dana White has announced.
Tune in to Heavy.com for “The Ultimate Fighter LIVE” Episode 10 recap and coverage, including running updates from tonight’s two live quarterfinal fights.
All fighters for Saturday’s Strikeforce card in San Jose made weight on Friday, including main event heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett and lightweight title fighters Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson.