(Something tells me Cyborg is going to be played up as the villain in this one.)
After months of angling and negotiating, the highly anticipated bout between Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos has been set for the main event of Strikeforce’s August 15th event in San Jose, as was announced during the broadcast of "Lawler vs. Shields." Now, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has confirmed that the match will crown an official female champion for the organization:
No weight class has been announced for the belt yet, which is either because Strikeforce hasn’t yet determined what weight the two scale-haunted fighters will compete at, or because their female bouts will have an even looser approach to weight classes than their men’s bouts. After all, Cyborg basically earned her title shot by beating up a girl who was two weight classes smaller than her. Meanwhile, Nick Diaz is one win away from becoming the Catchweight Champion of the World.
The August 15th card will also feature the lightweight championship rematch between Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez, and a possible heavyweight title scrap between Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers — all supporting a card headlined by two women. You’ve come a long way, baby…