Fans of exciting fighters with explosive power will be happy to know that they can catch two of the most exciting and explosive fighters in action on July 30 against each other as welterweights Paul Daley and Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos have agreed to throw down in Chicago that weekend.
The story was first reported by MMAWeekly.com
Known for his bad boy attitude, Daley will look to bounce back from an April loss to then Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. The fight, which many have called one of the best one round fights in MMA history, was a back and forth affair that ended with just three seconds left in the opening frame as Diaz stopped Daley with an onslaught of strikes to retain his title. Prior to the loss, Daley had won eight of his last nine bouts, with all but one coming needing to be stopped. Of Daley’s 27 career wins, 20 have come by way of (T)KO.
Like Daley, Santos knows what it’s like to lose to Diaz in a title fight. This past January, Santos fell victim to Diaz in the second round, tapping out with just ten seconds remaining in the round due to an armbar. Also like Daley, the majority of Santos’ career victories, 11 out of 18, have come by way of (T)KO.
Earlier this week Diaz vacated the Strikeforce welterweight strap as he’s moving to the UFC to challenge Georges St. Pierre later this year. While Daley vs. Santos won’t be for the vacant title, the fight will have title implications and the winner could very well fight for the belt in his next bout.
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson is scheduled for July 30 at the Sears Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event will be headlined by a superfight between MMA legends Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson. Also on the card is the long-waited Women’s 135 lb title fight between champion Marloes Coenen and top contender Miesha Tate.
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