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Catch up on the heavily-anticipated Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finals with a comprehensive preview featuring analysis, predictions, TV schedules and betting lines.
The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix comes to a conclusion on Saturday night, as former Olympian Daniel Cormier takes on legendary former UFC champion Josh Barnett in the main event of Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier. Also featured on the card is a lightweight title rubber match pitting Gilbert Melendez against Josh Thomson, and a light heavyweight title eliminator between Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and Mike Kyle.
Coverage of the long-awaited card picks up at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime Extreme with the Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier prelims. Veteran names are strewn throughout the two-hour broadcast, which is highlighted by Gesias Cavalcante vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Virgil Zwicker vs. Guto Inocente, Gian Villante vs. Derrick Mehmen, Quinn Mulhern vs. Yuri Villefort, and James Terry vs. Bobby Green.
Then the main card action gets underway live on Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. In addition to the blockbuster match-ups between Barnett-Cormier, Melendez-Thomson, and Cavalcante-Kyle, an explosive welterweight bout, Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Chris Spang, is slated for broadcast.
The complete Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier fight card can be seen below, along with updated betting lines and predictions. (Note: Betting lines for the Showtime Extreme undercard were not available at time of publishing.)
Main card (Showtime):
Josh Barnett (-115) vs. Daniel Cormier (-115)
SBN AZ Prediction: Josh Barnett via unanimous decision
Gilbert Melendez (-550) vs. Josh Thomson (+375)
SBN AZ Prediction: Gilbert Melendez via unanimous decision
Rafael Cavalcante (-200) vs. Mike Kyle (+160)
SBN AZ Prediction: Mike Kyle via second-round TKO
Nah-Shon Burrell (-275) vs. Chris Spang (+215)
SBN AZ Prediction: Nah-Shon Burrell via first-round TKO
Preliminary card (Showtime Extreme):
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
SBN AZ Prediction: Gesias Cavalcante via unanimous decision
Virgil Zwicker vs. Guto Inocente
SBN AZ Prediction: Vigil Zwicker via second-round TKO
Gian Villante vs. Derrick Mehmen
SBN AZ Prediction: Gian Villante via unanimous decision
Quinn Mulhern vs. Yuri Villefort
SBN AZ Prediction: Quinn Mulhern via second-round submission
James Terry vs. Bobby Green
SBN AZ Prediction: Bobby Green via unanimous decision