Well that didn’t take long, did it? Before we can even finish analyzing the action from last night, Strikeforce has announced the addition of another fight on its July 30th card, headlined by Fedor vs. Henderson. That fight, according to MMAWeekly.com will be a welterweight scrap between Paul “Semtex” Daley and Evangelista Santos. Santos, as you may remember, was initially scheduled to meet up with Tarec Saffiedine on this card. No word yet on whether Saffiedine withdrew from the card, or if Strikeforce decided to pull him in order to make this fight.
If the latter is the case, as it currently appears, then this fight will more than likely be for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. The two heavy-handed fighters are the most recent challengers for the welterweight title, which was held by Nick Diaz. Daley lost by TKO back in April, and Santos lost by armbar back in January. Try not to act too surprised, but Paul Daley has initiated some pre-fight smack talk by promising to knock out Cyborg like Melvin Manhoef did.
As for an early prediction? On paper, there is no way that this fight ends in something other than a knockout, so expect Santos to outwrestle Daley on his way to a decision. Hey, we’ve seen stranger things happen.
The July 30th Card now looks something like this:
Heavyweight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson
Women’s Welterweight Championship: Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate
Light Heavyweight: Muhammed Lawal vs. Roger Gracie
Welterweight: Evangelista Santos vs. Paul Daley