Madison Square Garden has hosted numerous historic boxing fights but has never housed a mixed martial arts card since the sport remains illegal in New York. The closest experience has been a closed circuit screening in the venue for UFC 79 in December 2007.
"Carano vs Cyborg," happening on Aug. 15 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, features a total of four championship bouts: women's 145-pounders Gina Carano (7-0) vs. Cris Cyborg (7-1), welterweights Joe Riggs (30-10) vs. Nick Diaz (20-7), heavyweights Alistair Overeem (29-11) vs. Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1) and lightweights Josh Thompson (16-2) vs. Gilbert Melendez (15-2).
Strikeforce.com will stream the conference at 2:30 p.m. ET.