(Nobody makes Jacare bleed his own blood.)
Details are beginning to emerge about Strikeforce’s next big card, which is slated to take place December 19th at their familiar haunts in San Jose’s HP Pavilion. Though a headlining bout is still in the works, the event — dubbed "Evolution" — will reportedly feature…
— A middleweight bout between jiu-jitsu specialist Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and old-schooler Matt Lindland. Souza is coming off his chaotic no-contest rematch against Jason Miller, while Lindland hasn’t competed since he was added to Vitor Belfort‘s highlight reel at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. The winner of Souza vs. Lindland seems like a logical choice to challenge the winner of Saturday’s Jake Shields vs. Jason Miller fight for Strikeforce’s brand-new middleweight title.
— The entertaining and undefeated Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal will appear against a to-be-determined opponent. Lawal most recently destroyed Mark Kerr in 25 seconds at M-1 Global: Breakthrough in August. Though he’s competed at both heavyweight and light-heavyweight, Mo will probably be built up for an eventual shot at Strikeforce’s 205-pound strap.
— 145-pound women’s champ Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos as well as her husband Evangelista are both expected to compete at "Evolution". However, Cris Cyborg could be involved in a non-title affair. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently labeled the Roxanne Modafferi vs. Marloes Coenen fight this Saturday a #1 contenders bout, and it’s unlikely that either woman would try to take on Cyborg with just a six-week layover. (At least we hope not.) As for Evangelista, he’ll be dropping to welterweight for the first time in his career, following back-to-back losses to Siyar Bahadurzada and Joey Villasenor.