After the UFC 157 post-fight press conference, reporters caught up with UFC president Dana White to get his take on various topics, and one of those topics was the recent success of the newly-transferred Strikeforce fighters who are currently fighting in the UFC. White had nothing but positive things to say about the situation, and started by stating that the Strikeforce fighters are hungry.Â He went on to explain that most of that hunger comes from the fact that most of them hadn’t fought in nearly a year, that they had struggled to pay their bills, and had no idea where their career was headed until they were offered to make the transition to the UFC. White felt that the pressure of all those problems seemed to be fueling that hunger that was leading to their success inside the Octagon. Let’s take a look at the victories earned by the Strikeforce fighters who have recently made the switch to the UFC.
- Tyron Woodley def. Jay Hieron via KO in Round 1 at UFC 156
- Bobby Green def. Jacob Volkmann via Submission (rear naked choke) round 3 at UFC 156, earning “submission of the night”
- Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Yves Edwards by split decision at UFC 156
- Antonio Silva def. Alistair OvereemÂ via KO (punches) round 3 at UFC 156, earning “knockout of the night”
- Nah-Shon Burrell def. Yuri Villefort by unanimous decision at UFC 157
- Ronda Rousey def. Liz Carmouche via submission (armbar) round 1 at UFC 157
- Robbie Lawler def. Josh Koscheck via TKO (punches) round 1 at UFC 157, earning “knockout of the night”
Strikeforce fighters have been on a tear, and three of them have already earned bonuses and certainly look to be fighting hungry. With standouts Gilbert Melendez, Gerard Mousasi, Daniel Cormier, Nick Diaz,Â and Luke Rockhold all booked for major fights, let’s see if the Strikeforce warriors can keep the ball rolling. And oh yeah, let’s not forget about a personal favorite of mine, good ol’ Cung Le.