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Strikeforce cuts ties with Joey Villasenor

Adding to news that Strikeforce released welterweight Joe Riggs, Five Ounces of Pain has learned the promotion also recently parted ways professionally with seasoned veteran Joey Villasenor.

The 27-8 middleweight’s release came after a decision loss to 185-pound champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza earlier this year in his previous promotional appearance, as well as a similarly scored defeat to Danilo Villefort at Shark Fights 13 in September.

While no official word on the 185-pounder’s status has been issued as of this report, Five Ounces of Pain was able to confirm the cut with a reliable source possessing intimate knowledge of the situation, as well as Strikeforce officials, and have learned Villasenor is currently seeking a fight.

“Smokin’ Joe” had won four consecutive bouts prior to his back-to-back losses but, averaging only a single fight per year since signing with the organization, struggled to find a consistent home in Strikeforce’s ring as far as staying active. The Greg Jackson team-member has twenty-two finishes in his twenty-seven wins. He holds career victories over respected competitors like Phil Baroni, Ryan Jensen, Tim Credeur, Jorge Santiago, and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.

7 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    I think Joey is a pretty good MW fighter, and while losing to Jacare he made it a pretty entertaining fight, the guy has very good skills anywhere you go so anybody who picks him up is lucky I think.
    As for Riggs I think SF made a very smart move releasing him.

  • Hohlraum says:

    They may have asked to be released. You never know. Either way I think it is good for SF to clean house on one dimensional fighters.

  • stone says:

    Who hasn’t beat Baroni?

  • Guthookd says:

    I wonder if SF is making room on the payroll so they can pick up Gerald Harris.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I believe I heard an interview with Coker (maybe with Ariel Helwani?!?) where he said they weren’t interested in Harris.

  • MCM says:

    Yeah, he also said in the same interview that he wanted to focus more on the fighters he has and getting them more fights. I guess Villasenor, Riggs, and Kennedy didn’t see the interview.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Baroni is respected?.

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