Strikeforce has finalized the card for it’s next event, a “Strikeforce Challengers” set for June 19 in Kent, Washington. Headlining will be “Smokin” Joey Villasenor taking on Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in a middleweight bout, with possible future title implications.
The bout’s winner will place themselves in contention for the Strikeforce interim middleweight belt, which executive Mike Afromowitz has told MMAJunkie the promotion will issue.
Villasenor was last in action in May of 2008 with a TKO victory over Phil Baroni in the now defunct EliteXC. He was later scheduled to take on Robbie Lawler for the EliteXC middleweight belt, but that bout was canceled just before the promotion closed up shop.
Santos will also be looking to knock off some ring rust, since he last fought in September of 2008, in a TKO loss to Siyar Bahadurzada due to injury at Sengoku 5.
Other prominent names to be included in the card are Jorge Gurgel, Nick Thompson, and Sarah Kaufman. To view the full fight card, visit our Strikeforce Challengers Rumors page.