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“Cyborg” Santos Fills in For Joe Riggs

We’re aware that Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos will be in action in a few short hours at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku” event. No rest for the shaved and tattooed, because Strikeforce Veep Mike Afromowitz has told MMAWeekly that the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie title will jump back into action less than three weeks later and fight Joey Villasenor at the Strikeforce/EliteXC show on March 29th that features Frank Shamrock versus Cung Le.

What’d the fellas say about their match-up?

“I really don’t know much about his ground game – if he even likes hanging out on the ground,” said Villasenor. “I know he’s a really big banger so it’s an exciting matchup. I need to be more technical than him and be better conditioned.”

“I always look for the knockout,” stated Santos. “I think this will be a duel between his boxing and my Muay Thai techniques. Villasenor is an ideal opponent for me.”

You’ll recall that UFC vet and paraplegic grappler-owned Joe Riggs was the original opponent for Villasenor, but “Diesel” had to bow out because of that whole spinal injury thing he picked in February 23rd’s Strikeforce at the Dome. Villasenor rocked it early in his career, but then hit some speed-bumps on the way to his current 24-6 record. He has been inactive since September of last year. And the guy seems to wear a lot of yellow – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Most importantly, “Cyborg” (15-11) is fighting in a few hours against Makoto Takimoto, and Strikeforce heads will be shittin’ bricks – or shittin’ something else large and difficult to pass through a rectum – because if Santos gets jacked up in his “Sengoku” fight, they’ll be left with signing this guy to fight Villasenor.


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