Strikeforce has officially announced that its second installment of the Strikeforce Challengers fight series on Showtime is slated for Friday, June 19 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.
The announced main event is a middleweight attraction between former EliteXC middleweight title challenger Joey Villasenor and former PRIDE competitor Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, the husband of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.
Additionally, former UFC fighters Jorge Gurgel and Dennis “Superman” Hallman have officially been announced for the card as well, in separate bouts.
Hallman is a significant addition to the Strikeforce roster. With a record of 40-12-2, he was won his last four fights. A 12-year veteran of the sport, Hallman went just 1-3 in the UFC but holds two career victories over former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes.
For Gurgel, the Hallman fight will mark his first bout under the Strikeforce banner after signing a multi-fight agreement with the promotion upon receiving his release from the UFC. Noted as an outstanding jiu-jitsu trainer, Gurgel received his walking papers in November after suffering his second consecutive loss in the Octagon.
The second straight defeat came at the hands of Aaron Riley via unanimous decision at UFC 91. His previous loss occurred at UFC 86 in July when he was submitted by Cole Miller via triangle choke. Currently 12-5 overall, Gurgel ended his UFC tenure with a 3-4 record that included notable wins over John Halverson, Diego Saraiva, and Danny Abbadi.
Opponents for Hallman and Gurgel have yet to be announced, but published reports that Conor Heun of MTV’s Bully Beatdown fame will be taking on Gurgel.
Strikeforce’s official announcement also states that Washington-based prospect Cory Devela, 9-2, will be featured on the card as well. Devela, a protege of Hallman’s, has not fought since suffering a third round knockout defeat against ex-UFC veteran Terry Martin during Strikeforce’s second event at the Playboy Mansion.
One matchup not yet officially announced by Strikeforce but expected to be soon is a lightweight encounter between Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm and Duane “Bang” Ludwig that was first reported by Cory Brady of FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
Tickets for the June 19 event will go on-sale this Friday at the ShoWare Center Box Office as well as ShoWareCenter.com.