Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
When Strikeforce closed their doors in January, it meant that the top talent from America's No. 2 promotion would get the opportunity to prove that they belong inside the Octagon.
At UFC 156, a trio of imports from the organization proved their mettle by going 3-0 in their promotional debuts.
First up, Isaac Vallie-Flagg used forward motion and heavy-handed attacks to earn a hard-fought decision win over longtime UFC veteran Yves Edwards. Had it not been for the iron chin of Edwards, Vallie-Flagg might have taken home a Knockout of the Night bonus, as he threw everything but the kitchen sink in this fight.
Immediately after, FX viewers witnessed the debut of unheralded lightweight Bobby Green. The jiu-jitsu blue belt quietly went 4-1 in Strikeforce before moving to the Octagon, and he continued his forward momentum with a rousing performance against the always dangerous Jacob Volkmann.
The fight ended with less than one minute on the clock when Green snuck in a rear-naked choke that won him the fight as well as a $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus.
Finally, Strikeforce welterweight challenger Tyron Woodley needed only 36 seconds to knock MMA journeyman Jay Hieron into oblivion. It was a brutal finish that establishes Woodley as a legitimate threat at 170 pounds.