List of Strikeforce champions

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Strikeforce World Championship belt, produced by belt maker Orlando Roman of ChampionCraft
Strikeforce Women's World Championship belt, produced by belt maker Orlando Roman of ChampionCraft

Strikeforce was an American mixed martial arts organization. It crowned male champions in the lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, and female champions in featherweight and bantamweight.

Men's champions[edit]

Heavyweight Championship[edit]

206 pounds (93 kg) to 265 pounds (120 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Netherlands Alistair Overeem
def. Paul Buentello
Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives
San Jose, CA, USA
November 16, 2007

1. def. Brett Rogers at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery on May 15, 2010 in St.Louis, Missouri, USA

The title was vacated on July 29, 2011 when Overeem was released from the organization.[1]

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

186 pounds (84 kg) to 205 pounds (93 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Bobby Southworth
def. Vernon White
Strikeforce: Triple Threat
San Jose, CA, USA
December 8, 2006

1. def. Anthony Ruiz at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson on Jun 27, 2008 in San Jose, CA, USA

2 Brazil Renato Sobral Strikeforce: Destruction
San Jose, CA, USA
November 21, 2008
3 Netherlands Gegard Mousasi Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg
San Jose, CA, USA
August 15, 2009
4 United States Muhammed Lawal Strikeforce: Nashville
Nashville, TN, USA
April 17, 2010
5 Brazil Rafael Cavalcante Strikeforce: Houston
Houston, TX, USA
August 21, 2010
6 United States Dan Henderson Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson
Columbus, OH, USA
March 5, 2011
The title was vacated on September 19, 2011 when Henderson signed with the UFC.[2]

Middleweight Championship[edit]

171 pounds (78 kg) to 185 pounds (84 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Frank Shamrock
def. Phil Baroni
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni
San Jose, CA, USA
June 22, 2007
2 Vietnam Cung Le
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le
San Jose, CA, USA
March 29, 2008
The title was vacated on September 17, 2009 when Le stepped down due to filming obligations.[3]
3 United States Jake Shields
def. Jason Miller
Strikeforce: Fedor vs Rogers
Hoffman Estates, IL, USA
November 7, 2009

1. def. Dan Henderson at Strikeforce: Nashville on Apr 17, 2010 in Nashville, TN, USA

The title was vacated on July 1, 2010 when Shields left Strikeforce and signed with the UFC.[4]
4 Brazil Ronaldo Souza
def. Tim Kennedy
Strikeforce: Houston
Houston, TX, USA
August 21, 2010

1. def. Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg on Jan 29, 2011 in San Jose, CA, USA

5 United States Luke Rockhold
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov
Cincinnati, OH, USA
September 10, 2011

1. def. Keith Jardine at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine on Jan 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV, USA
2. def. Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy on Jul 14, 2012 in Portland, OR, USA

The Strikeforce Middleweight title was vacated after the Strikeforce banner was dissolved into the UFC on January 12, 2013.

Welterweight Championship[edit]

156 pounds (71 kg) to 170 pounds (77 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Nick Diaz
def. Marius Žaromskis
Strikeforce: Miami
Sunrise, FL, USA
January 30, 2010

1. def. K.J. Noons at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II on Oct 9, 2010 in San Jose, CA, USA
2. def. Evangelista Santos at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg on Jan 29, 2011 in San Jose, CA, USA
3. def. Paul Daley at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley on Apr 9, 2011 in San Diego, CA, USA

The title was vacated on June 9, 2011 when Diaz signed with the UFC.[5]
2 United States Nate Marquardt
def. Tyron Woodley
Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy
Portland, OR, USA
July 14, 2012
3 Belgium Tarec Saffiedine
Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
January 12, 2013
The Strikeforce Welterweight title was vacated after the Strikeforce banner was dissolved into the UFC on January 12, 2013.

Lightweight Championship[edit]

146 pounds (66 kg) to 155 pounds (70 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Clay Guida
def. Josh Thomson
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie
San Jose, CA, USA
March 10, 2006
2 United States Gilbert Melendez Strikeforce: Revenge
San Jose, CA, USA
June 9, 2006

1. def. Gabe Lemley at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le on March 29, 2008 in San Jose, CA, USA

3 United States Josh Thomson Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson
San Jose, CA, USA
June 27, 2008
- United States Gilbert Melendez
def. Rodrigo Damm for interim title
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz
San Jose, CA, USA
April 11, 2009

1. def. Mitsuhiro Ishida at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on Aug 15, 2009 in San Jose, CA, USA

4 United States Gilbert Melendez Strikeforce: Evolution
San Jose, CA, USA
December 19, 2009

1. def. Shinya Aoki at Strikeforce: Nashville on Apr 17, 2010 in Nashville, TN, USA
2. def. Tatsuya Kawajiri at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley on Apr 9, 2011 in San Diego, CA, USA
3. def. Jorge Masvidal at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on Dec 17, 2011 in San Diego, CA, USA
4. def. Josh Thomson at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier on May 19, 2012 in San Jose, CA, USA

The Strikeforce Lightweight title was vacated after the Strikeforce banner was dissolved into the UFC on January 12, 2013.
Gilbert Melendez, the final title holder received an immediate title shot against the UFC Lightweight Champion at UFC on Fox 7.

Women's champions[edit]

Women's Featherweight Championship[edit]

136 pounds (62 kg) to 145 pounds (66 kg)

Formerly known as the Women's Lightweight Championship and the Women's Middleweight Championship

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Brazil Cristiane Santos
def. Gina Carano
Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg
San Jose, CA, USA
August 15, 2009

1. def. Marloes Coenen at Strikeforce: Miami on Jan 30, 2010 in Sunrise, FL, USA
2. def. Jan Finney at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum on Jun 26, 2010 in San Jose, CA, USA
3. NC vs. Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on Dec 17, 2011 in San Diego, CA, USA

Santos was stripped of the title on January 6, 2012 after testing positive for anabolic steroids in a post-fight drug test.[6]

Women's Bantamweight Championship[edit]

126 pounds (57 kg) to 135 pounds (61 kg)

Formerly known as the Women's Welterweight Championship

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Canada Sarah Kaufman
def. Takayo Hashi
Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi
San Jose, CA, USA
February 26, 2010

1. def. Roxanne Modafferi at Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe on Jul 23, 2010 in Everett, WA, USA

2 Netherlands Marloes Coenen Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II
San Jose, CA, USA
October 9, 2010

1. def. Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson on Mar 5th, 2011 in Columbus, OH, USA

3 United States Miesha Tate Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson
Hoffman Estates, IL, USA
July 30, 2011
4 United States Ronda Rousey Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey
Columbus, OH, USA
March 3, 2012

1. def. Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on Aug 18, 2012 in San Diego, CA, USA

The title was vacated on December 6, 2012 when Rousey became the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion.[7]

U.S. Championships[edit]

Middleweight U.S. Championship[edit]

170 pounds (77 kg) to 185 pounds (84 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Eugene Jackson
def. Ronald Jhun
Strikeforce: Triple Threat
San Jose, CA, USA
December 8, 2006

Lightweight U.S. Championship[edit]

145 pounds (66 kg) to 155 pounds (70 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 United States Josh Thomson
def. Nam Phan
Strikeforce: Triple Threat
San Jose, CA, USA
December 8, 2006

1. def. Nick Gonzalez at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni on Jun 22, 2007 in San Jose, CA, USA

Tournament Winners[edit]

Event Date Division Winner Runner-up
Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives Nov 17, 2007 Middleweight Brazil Jorge Santiago South Africa Trevor Prangley
Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor Aug 13, 2010 Women's Welterweight United States Miesha Tate Japan Hitomi Akano
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier May 19, 2012 Heavyweight United States Daniel Cormier United States Josh Barnett

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