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Derek Brunson Pulled From Strikeforce: “Tate vs. Rousey” Due to Failed Physical

During today’s conference call for the upcoming Strikeforce: “Tate vs. Rousey” event, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced that undefeated middleweight Derek Brunson has been scratched from his scheduled matchup with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Coker announced that Strikeforce officials are now looking for a replacement opponent for Souza.

Brunson (9-0) announced that he failed an eye exam during his state-ordered physical. He mentioned that in the past, he was allowed to wear contact lenses during his fights, but the Ohio State Athletic Commission refused to clear him for the fight scheduled for March 3rd.

With his current state of vision, Brunson announced that he will likely undergo Lasik eye surgery sometime in the near future, and he plans to return as soon as possible.

Souza (14-3-1), the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, was scheduled to make his return to the organization for the first time since losing his belt to current champion Luke Rockhold last September. While an opponent has yet to be announced, Coker mentioned that he is confident they will find an opponent and that Souza will remain on the card.

Strikeforce: “Tate vs. Rousey’ is headlined by the biggest female MMA fight in years, with current Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate defending her belt for the first time against the undefeated Ronda Rousey.

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