Strikeforce Champions

by invictorious | created - 28 May 2015 | updated - 29 May 2015 | Public

A list of former champions in the MMA promotion Strikeforce.

1. Sarah Kaufman

Self | UFC on Fox

Known for her strength and being one of the best punchers in Mixed Martial Arts, Sarah Kaufman never aspired to compete in combat sports. Before the native Canadian begun training in MMA, Kaufman was a dance student. An early interest in dancing would indirectly lead her to to compete in Mixed ...

Strikeforce's first bantamweight champion.

2. Marloes Coenen

Actress | Amsterdam Heavy

Since her first professional fight in the year 2000 at age 19, Dutch-born Marloes "Rumina" Coenen is among the most veteran of mixed martial artists. Coenen's introduction to combat sports happened out of a will to learn self-defense when she was 12, with no intention to compete as a professional ...

Strikeforce's second bantamweight champion.

3. Miesha Tate

Actress | Here Without You

Miesha Tate was born on August 18, 1986 in Tacoma, Washington, USA. She is an actress, known for Here Without You, Fight Valley (2016) and Pursued.

Strikeforce's third bantamweight champion.

4. Ronda Rousey

Actress | Fast & Furious 7

Ronda Rousey burst onto the women's MMA scene in August of 2010. Born in Riverside County, California on February 1, 1987 to parents Ron Rousey and AnnMaria DeMars, little Ronda was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck that damaged her vocal cords. She didn't speak coherently until ...

Strikeforce's fourth and final bantamweight champion.

5. Cris Cyborg

Actress | Fight Valley 2: Lockdown

A native of Curitiba, Brazil, Cristiane Justino Venancio was born in July 1985. Famous as Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, she shares the nickname "Cyborg" with her former husband and fellow mixed martial artist Evangelista Santos. After their divorce years later, she would become Cristiane Justino. ...

Strikeforce's first and final featherweight champion.

6. Clayton Guida

Stunts | Assassination of a High School President

Clayton Guida was born on December 8, 1981 in Round Lake, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Assassination of a High School President (2008), The Ultimate Workout: Five Rounds with Clay Guida (2009) and UFC on Fox (2011).

Strikeforce's first lightweight champion.

7. Gilbert Melendez

Actor | Dragon Eyes

Melendez, a Mexican-American, is from Santa Ana, California, and wrestled during high school. Melendez always enjoyed combat sports and competition, but did not start training in MMA until after college when he was introduced to the sport by his good friend and MMA fighter Jake Shields. Melendez ...

Strikeforce's second, fourth and final lightweight champion.

8. Josh Thomson

Actor | Fist of the Dragon

Josh Thomson was born on September 21, 1978 in San Jose, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Fist of the Dragon (2014), Death Mist and Victory by Submission (2017).

Strikeforce's third lightweight champion.

9. Nick Diaz

Actor | Ballers

Nick Diaz was born on August 2, 1983 in Stockton, California, USA as Nicholas Robert Diaz. He is an actor, known for Ballers (2015), EA Sports MMA (2010) and EliteXC Saturday Night Fights (2008).

Strikeforce's first welterweight champion.

10. Nathan Marquardt

Actor | Warrior

Marquardt was born in Lander, Wyoming and was raised in Denver, Colorado. His late father was a Lutheran pastor and also worked in construction. Marquardt's father was also a former Marine who fought in the Vietnam War, Marquardt's mother was a nurse and a manager at an attorney's office, and ...

Strikeforce's second welterweight champion.

11. Tarec Saffiedine

Self | UFC on Fox

Third and final holder of the Strikeforce (2009) Welterweight World Title.

Strikeforce's third and final welterweight champion.

12. Frank Shamrock

Stunts | 13

Frank Shamrock was born on December 8, 1972 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Frank Alicio Juarez III. He is known for his work on 13 (2010), Oz (1997) and Money Fight (2012).

Strikeforce's first middleweight champion.

13. Cung Le

Actor | Pandorum

Cung Le made his first appearance on the professional M.M.A. stage in 2006, and shortly after won the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship in 2008, setting high standards through his powerful kicks, skillful strikes, and well-timed take-downs. This U.S.-Viet Namese champion, actor, producer and ...

Strikeforce's second middleweight champion.

14. Jake Shields

Actor | Professional Fighters League

In his early years, Shields was home-schooled and raised in Mountain Ranch, a remote of part of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. As the child of hippie parents, Jake had long hair which made him a frequent target of other kids which lead to fights. With his older brothers, Shields took up ...

Strikeforce's third middleweight champion.

15. Ronaldo Souza

Self | UFC on Fox

Ronaldo Souza "Jacare" dos Santos is a successful competitor in grappling and Mixed Martial Arts. Souza was born in Vila Velha, Brazil, where he spent much of his early life. At age 15 he witnessed a friend's violent death and was sent to live with his brother in Manaus. Souza played soccer for fun...

Strikeforce's fourth middleweight champion.

16. Luke Rockhold

Actor | Cagefighter

Luke Rockhold was born on October 17, 1984 in Santa Cruz County, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Cagefighter (2020), UFC 200 Greatest Fighters of All Time (2016) and UFC on Fox (2011).

Strikeforce's fifth and final middleweight champion.

17. Bobby Southworth

Self | Where Are They Now?

Bobby Southworth is one of the most veterans of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, beginning his professional career in 1999 long before the sport experienced popularity in the United States. Southworth was born in Madison, Wisconsin and spent his formative years in Santa Cruz, California where he ...

Strikeforce's first light-heavyweight champion.

18. Renato Sobral

Actor | Kickboxer: Retaliation

Renato Sobral was born on September 7, 1975 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Renato Da Cunha Sobral. He is an actor, known for Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018), EA Sports MMA (2010) and UFC Wired (2007).

Strikeforce's second light-heavyweight champion.

19. Gegard Mousasi

Self | UFC on Fox

Gegard Mousasi was born on August 1, 1985 in Tehran, Iran.

Strikeforce's third light-heavyweight champion.

20. King Mo

Actor | TNA iMPACT! Wrestling

A self-described "student of the game" of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and other fighting sports, Muhammad Lawal was an accomplished athlete before he professionally entered MMA in 2008. Lawal attended Oklahoma State University where he was member of the wrestling team. In 2002, he won the Division II ...

Strikeforce's fourth light-heavyweight champion.

21. Rafael Cavalcante

Self | UFC on Fox

Rafael Cavalcante's path to Mixed Marital Arts was enabled by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira whose search for a training partner lead to the widely endorsed Cavalcante. When he was 10 years old, Cavalcante started Jiu Jitsu training in his country of origin, Brazil, and throughout his five years as ...

Strikeforce's fifth light-heavyweight champion.

22. Dan Henderson

Stunts | No Rules

Dan Henderson was born on August 24, 1970 in Apple Valley, California, USA. He is known for his work on No Rules (2005), Dragon Eyes (2012) and Breakout (2016).

Strikeforce's sixth and final light-heavyweight champion.

23. Alistair Overeem

Actor | Amsterdam Heavy

Born in Hounslow, England, Alistair Cees Overeem spent most of his life in Holland. Along with his older brother, Valentijn Overeem, Alistair was brought by his mother to Holland at age 6 after she and their father divorced. Alistair's interest in combat sports began at 15, when Valentijn took him ...

Strikeforce's first and final heavyweight champion.

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