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Strikeforce was one of the preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions in the world from 2006 until it folded in 2013. The promotion gave a platform to some of the greatest fighters in the world, while also helping launch women's MMA as a force in the sport. Journey with us as we go through the major events and moments in Strikeforce history!
 
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This is the final episode if "Inside the Hexagon," and, unlike Strikeforce, we're going out with a bang! Phil and Josh tick through the biggest highlights in the promotion's run, including selling out the Shark Tank with over 18K fans, Cung Le breaking Frank Shamrock's arm to take the middleweight belt and win "The Battle of San Jose," Fedor's only…
 
It's our next-to-last episode, and we're closing out our fighter interviews with an intriguing chat with former Strikeforce competitor and current Xtreme Couture CEO Ryan Couture! Ryan talks about what it was like getting into MMA as the son of UFC legend Randy "The Natural" Couture, competing inside the hexagon, and fighting on the final Strikefor…
 
It's the end of Strikeforce! On this week's episode, we cover the final promotional event, as a card rumored to contain four title fights gets whittled down to one, as Nate "The Great" Marquardt closes things out with the welterweight title on the line against Tarec Saffiedine. We also see Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett in glorified mismatches wit…
 
Ronda Rousey gets "Rowdy" for the final time in Strikeforce on this week's episode, proving to Dana White and the MMA world once and for all that women should get their shot inside the Octagon! We also see Jacare close out his Strikeforce career with a bang, and OSP turns out the lights on a true MMA journeyman. We're getting close to the end of "I…
 
On this week's episode, the penultimate Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nate "The Great" Marquardt, joins Phil to discuss making his 170-lb. debut inside the hexagon against Tyron Woodley. Nate talks about moving down in weight, returning to the cage after over a year away, his strategy for Woodley, and what set up that memorable knockout. The f…
 
It's GI Joe vs. the surfer dude as Tim Kennedy takes Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold to deep waters on this week's episode! In addition, former UFC middleweight title challenger Nate "The Great" Marquardt makes his Strikeforce and 170-lb. debut in a battle with rising star Tyron Woodley for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight crown. We…
 
In what may be the best episode in the history of this podcast, Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson join Phil to dive in deep on their unforgettable trilogy of fights, breaking down their mindset fight by fight, and the two legends argue over who won their final bout! We discuss what went into the preparation for each fight and what they each learned…
 
Daniel Cormier is remembered today as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, but back in 2012, he was still a relative unknown upstart looking to make his mark. However, after dispatching viable heavyweight contenders in Jeff Monson and "Bigfoot" Silva, DC was beginning to build momentum. Standing in his way to stardom was former UFC heavywe…
 
It's time for "Tate vs. Rousey," as the Strikeforce women's bantamweight title is on the line in the first high profile women's MMA grudge match! "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey faces Miesha Tate for the belt in the main event, and these two ladies are ready to prove to the other and the world that they are the best at 135 lbs. In addition, Josh Thomson is lo…
 
King Mo joins Phil on this week's episode, and it's a slobberknocker of a chat, as we dive into Mo's formative years in amateur wrestling, how he almost went into pro wrestling rather than MMA, and so much more! Mo delves into winning the Strikeforce title, the ref being too late at stopping his thrashing of Lorenz Larkin, fighting Cro Cop, and wha…
 
Happy MLK Day! Phil is down (with COVID) but not out, as he and Josh get the band back together to discuss..."Rockhold vs. Jardine"! On the card, Robbie Lawler gets "Ruthless" once again, while Tyron Woodley stakes his claim to a shot at vacant welterweight gold. Meanwhile, King Mo does damage to both his opponent and his credibility, while Luke Ro…
 
On this week's episode, we delve into "Melendez vs. Masvidal"! This is a momentous time for Strikeforce, as the promotion renews its deal with Showtime, but also loses a marquee weight class and is forced to reduce its number of events. Despite all the questions surrounding the promotion, there are still fights to feature, and we've got some good o…
 
Christmas is now in our rear-view mirror, and we hope you got all you wanted this year! For our latest episode, Phil & Josh break down the 12 gifts Strikeforce gave us during the promotion's run, including the resurgence of Frank Shamrock, the introduction of Cung Le, Ronda Rousey, and others, as well as some of the craziest moments in MMA history.…
 
DC shows he's a force to be reckoned with on this week's episode! We see the finals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix come to fruition as Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett advance, and both do it in style. In addition, we have a new Strikeforce middleweight champion in Luke Rockhold, and King Mo rebounds from his title loss to knock a Gracie …
 
We're changing things up a bit this week, as Josh steps in for Phil (who's on vacation) and chats with good friend and well-respected former MMA journalist Erik Fontanez! Formerly with Bleacher Report, Yahoo! Sports, and Gracie Mag, while mostly being known for his time with MMA Weekly, Fontanez saw it all during his time in MMA. On this episode, J…
 
This week, Josh and I are breaking down the top five female fighters in Strikeforce history! While there isn't a sizable list of fighters that competed in the women's divisions, the ones that did tended to make a big impact...not just on the promotion at that time, but on the future of the sport. Marloes Coenen, Sarah Kaufman, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyb…
 
It's truly the end of an era as Fedor competes for the final time under the Strikeforce banner, facing Dan Henderson in a highly-anticipated iteration of USA vs. Russia. The bout ends in controversy, leaving questions that were never answered. In addition, Miesha Tate tastes Strikeforce gold, Tim Kennedy out-strategizes Robby Lawler, and we have a …
 
On this week's episode, we're running through the biggest moments in Strikeforce history...so far. As of this episode, we're in June of 2011...what are the biggest moments that have taken place? We have Shamrock-Gracie, Shamrock-Baroni, Shamrock-Le, Shamrock-Diaz (seeing a trend yet?), Melendez-Thomson, Carano-Cyborg, Fedor, Hendo, and so much more…
 
On this week's episode it's the 2nd leg of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, as we see some big men look to brutalize each other! "The Gravedigger" looks to neutralize "The Python," Daniel Cormier takes a big step up in competition against a former UFC heavyweight title challenger, "Gamebred" tangles with "King Karl," "The Babyfaced Assassin"…
 
The MMA landscape is forever altered as the news is revealed that Strikeforce has been acquired by Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC! But, hey, we've still got a fight to put on, and Nick Diaz will lay his welterweight title on the line against feared British slugger Paul "Semtex" Daley. In addition, Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert retu…
 
Strikeforce experienced many big moments, but few were bigger than when the promotion was purchased by the UFC's then-parent company, Zuffa! Former MMA Journalist of the Year John Morgan joins us to discuss why the purchase came about, how it affected the fighters, how the MMA world responded, and more! It was truly the end of an era in MMA, and we…
 
It's been over a year in the making, but we finally came to the right time to have the one and only Tim Kennedy on "Inside the Hexagon"! We go over what got him started in MMA, his early run in the sport, climbing the ranks in Strikeforce, and what he misses about the promotion. We also key in on his win over the always-dangerous Melvin Manhoef at …
 
Dan Henderson is truly one of MMA's legends, and on March 5, 2011, "Hendo" proved it once again when he vanquished the bigger Brazilian champion, Feijao Cavalcante, to win the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship. It was a signature KO brought on by Henderson's "H-bomb" right hand. Also on the card, Liz Carmouche established herself as a figh…
 
Rich Chou has done it all in the sport of MMA. A Scott Coker protégé, he oversaw the booking of so many big fights in Rumble on the Rock, EliteXC, Strikeforce, and Bellator. On this week's show, Chou discusses his formative years, including his lone MMA fight, his crossover to the operations side of the sport, working with the Penn Family, what goe…
 
We're back from our short break, and on this week's episode we're discussing the kickoff of 2011's Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament! At the inaugural event, there are three alternate bouts, with all three fights ending in first round finishes. Then, in the co-main event, Russian slugger Sergei Kharitonov makes his Strikeforce debut aga…
 
We're doing something different this week, as Phil walks through the story of his time in MMA, including Strikeforce, as well as what made him want to create "Inside the Hexagon!" Here how Phil got started in MMA, including some of his experiences while working in the sport, how Josh got involved with the show, and more! It's a quick, interesting l…
 
It's another Strikeforce event full of finishes as we're covering "Diaz vs. Cyborg" this week! The welterweight title is on the line in the main event as Nick Diaz further establishes his genius inside the cage with a masterful performance against a very game, tough Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos. While the champ looked to be in trouble in the first r…
 
Former Bodog Fights matchmaker Miguel Iturrate joins us this week to discuss his long career in MMA, which included booking the first all-female fight card, handling Bodog Fight's incredible roster of fighters (which included Jorge Masvidal, Eddie Alvarez, and many others), putting some of Strikeforce's first Playboy Mansion fights together, how he…
 
We're covering a historic card on this week's episode, as, for the first time in the promotion's history, the main card of a Strikeforce card features four knockouts! And they're brutal...we see Bigfoot Silva, Robbie Lawler, Paul "Semtex" Daley, and Dan Henderson dealing out some massive KO's. We break down the card, discuss the finishes, and delve…
 
On this week's episode, we're breaking down some Strikeforce vs. UFC dream fights! What would have happened if Fedor and Brock had locked horns? Would Cung Le have been able to topple middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva? How would Strikeforce's lightweight class have stacked up against the UFC's? And how would Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey have play…
 
Welterweight champion Nick Diaz finally gets a shot at revenge as he tangles with KJ Noons with the title on the line in the main event of "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II!" The card also features the SF main card debut of Tyron Woodley, as well as a fight with fireworks between Josh Thomson and JZ Cavalcante. And, Strikeforce women's bantamweight c…
 
We're taking a bit of a detour this week as we delve into 2010's "EA Sports MMA" video game with the title's Project Leader, Rob Hyder! Rob discusses his role with the game, how Strikeforce got involved, what it was like trying to sign fighters like Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko, why fighters aren't good at motion capture, and so much more! D…
 
Feijao and Jacare reign supreme as we cover "Strikeforce: Houston" this week! The promotion sees two new champions crowned, as Feijao Cavalcante takes the light heavyweight belt from King Mo, and Jacare Souza captures the vacant middleweight title with a win over Tim Kennedy. In addition, KJ Noons gets a very controversial stoppage win (spoiler: il…
 
Cung Le is back on this week's episode of "Inside the Hexagon," and we delve into so much! Cung discusses his painful loss in "The Miracle in San Jose" at the hands of Scott Smith, and what it meant to him to get that win back. The former champ also discusses allegations from Jake Shields that he was ducking him, as well as his overall legacy in St…
 
What a monumental event we're covering this week, as we finally arrive at "Fedor vs. Werdum!" It's a heartbreaker of an event for all the Fedor fans out there, including Phil & Josh, as we see "The Last Emperor" finally fall. In addition, Cung Le and Frank Shamrock say goodbye, with Cung competing for the last time in Strikeforce, and Shamrock fina…
 
Happy 4th of July! On this week's episode, we're taking a bit of a different path and dropping something of a bonus episode, as we're ranking the top 10 most patriotic American MMA fighters! Randy Couture, Brian Stann, Tim Kennedy, Tito Ortiz, Chael Sonnen, Colby Covington, Frankie Edgar, and more...we break down the fighters that are proudest to b…
 
No one could ever accuse of KJ Noons of not being an exciting fighter, and in his first interview since his last fight in 2016, the last EliteXC lightweight champion delves into his career on "Inside the Hexagon!" We delve into his two slobberknockers with Nick Diaz, getting his rib broken to the point where he can't surf (thanks, Conor!), how much…
 
Taking place only ten days before "Fedor vs. Werdum," "Strikeforce: Los Angeles" has been forgotten by many MMA fans. However, it was an interesting event with some solid highlights. Taking place at the Nokia Theatre during E3, the huge video game conference, this card featured KJ Noons and Conor Heun in a war, as well as Tim Kennedy getting a subm…
 
This week's episode features one of the most personal stories in Phil's MMA career, the events behind Shine Fights' PPV event that didn't happen, "Worlds Collide." Scheduled to take place on the same night as "Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery," "Worlds Collide" was to feature a main event of MMA vet Din Thomas battling former world champion boxer Ricar…
 
Strikeforce looks to see if it can rebound from the debacle of its Nashville event with "Heavy Artillery!" Featuring the long-awaited return of heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, the title is on the line as "The Demolition Man" locks horns with Brett Rogers. In the co-main event, it's a battle of former heavyweight champions as "Bigfoot" Silva …
 
Happy Memorial Day to all our U.S. fans! On this week's episode, it is the "Inside the Hexagon" debut of one of the best grapplers in MMA history, Jake Shields! The former Strikeforce middleweight champion discusses his run with the promotion, his headline fight against Dan Henderson at "Strikeforce: Nashville," and the controversial post-fight bra…
 
On this week's episode, we're covering one of the most notorious and pivotal events in MMA history, "Strikeforce: Nashville"! The main card featured three title fights, including King Mo vs. Gegard Mousasi for the light heavyweight belt, Gilbert Melendez and Shinya Aoki tangling for the lightweight title, and Jake Shields defending the middleweight…
 
Quick update on why we had no show last week, and why we're going to be late this week...appreciate your patience! All our links can be found here: https://podfollow.com/inside-the-hexagon/view. Download and subscribe, and connect with us on Instagram and Twitter...@TheHexagonPod. Also, please don't forget to rate and review! We appreciate your sup…
 
Phil and Josh take the helm on this week's interview episode, and this time, we're discussing the best crossover athletes in MMA history! With Herschel Walker and Bobby Lashley making their Strikeforce debuts on our most recent event episode, it's a great time to discuss athletes that have had great success in other sports and industries. Brock Les…
 
It's a night of firsts at "Strikeforce: Miami" on this week's episode! In the main event, Nick Diaz puts on another masterful performance to capture the inaugural Strikeforce welterweight championship, while Cris Cyborg enjoys a successful first defense of her featherweight belt. In addition, college football HOFer Herschel Walker and former WWE st…
 
It's "The Comeback Kid" checking in on this week's episode, as Scott Smith discusses one of the greatest comebacks in Strikeforce history, which took place against Cung Le at "Evolution." "Hands of Steel" talks us through the fight, as well as his all-time classic with Pete Sell on The Ultimate Fighter. Smith also updates us on what he's doing toda…
 
Could "Evolution" be the greatest Strikeforce card the promotion ever put on? Probably not, but it's up there. King Mo makes his hexagon debut and treats both his opponent and the cage with disrespect, Jacare chomps on "The Law," and Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez finally rematch for the undisputed lightweight title in a slobberknocker. And, in …
 
We're switching things up on this week's episode! Instead of interviewing someone else, we're interviewing each other...sort of. In line with the great Fedor Emelianenko signing with Strikeforce back in 2009, we dive into our Mt. Rushmore of the greatest MMA heavyweights of all time! We go through the pioneers, the greats, the elite, and the absolu…
 
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