("Hug me or I’ll kill your entire family.")
According to an MMA Junkie report, Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos may not be available to defend her 145-pound title at Strikeforce’s November 7th "Fedor vs. Rogers" event because of an injury, apparently suffered during her participation in the 2009 ADCC tournament in Barcelona. Said her manager, Richard Wilner: "It’s unlikely that Cris will be fighting on [Nov. 7] but still possible. I’m awaiting her return from Spain to get her assessed by a doctor here. Out of respect to Strikeforce, CBS and Cris’ potential opponent, we alerted them to this issue early so as not to interfere with pre-production, preparation, etc." When Santos does make her return, her first opponent is expected to be Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen. In other Strikeforce news…
— Former WWE star Bobby Lashley (4-0), who most recently scored a first-round TKO over Bob Sapp at "Ultimate Chaos" in June, is reportedly in talks with Strikeforce to fight on their November 7th card. Lashley has been jobbing for TNA Wrestling lately, but according to his manager Greg Bloom, "Bobby’s will to fight has never gone away. He’s been ready to fight since June 28. It’s just getting the promoters to get their ducks in a row. Bobby Lashley is as committed to MMA as he’s been since he stepped in the cage."
— Former UFC lightweight Jorge Gurgel will be headlining the next Strikeforce Challengers event (November 6th, Fresno) against Billy Evangelista. Gurgel (13-5) is coming off a wild three-round brawl against Conor Heun at a Challengers show in June, which Gurgel won by unanimous decision; it was his first fight since being dropped by the UFC after suffering back-to-back losses against Cole Miller and Aaron Riley. Evangelista (9-0, 1 no contest) most recently had that controversial fight against Mike Aina in which Aina’s bitchassness nearly put a DQ loss on Evangelista’s record. The November Challengers event will also feature a welterweight bout between Jesse "JT Mongo" Taylor and Luke Rockhold.