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Villasenor, Santos, Gurgel Booked for June Strikeforce ‘Challengers’ Card

(This Cyborg, not this one. Photo courtesy of

Maybe Strikeforce‘s roster isn’t so thin after all. According to a new press release sent out by the fight league, Strikeforce will hold its second "Challengers" event at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington on Friday, June 19th — just two weeks after "Lawler vs. Shields" goes down in St. Louis — and a host of prominent names are already booked.

Headlining the Showtime card will be a middleweight bout between EliteXC/KOTC vet (and Team Jackson member) Joey Villasenor and Chute Boxe fighter Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, also known as Cris‘s husband. Smokin’ Joe is on a three-fight win streak, but hasn’t competed since his first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at EliteXC: Primetime a year ago. Santos, who has lost three of his last four matches, is coming back from a broken elbow he suffered 22 seconds into a Sengoku fight against Siyar Bahadurzada in September.

Elsewhere on the card, UFC lightweight vet Jorge Gurgel will be making his Strikeforce debut, reportedly against IFL/EliteXC/Bully Beatdown vet Conor Heun. Gurgel was released by the UFC after he suffered back to back losses to Cole Miller (at UFC 86) and Aaron Riley (at UFC 91), and has vowed to start using his jiu-jitsu again in Strikeforce. Heun has won his last three fights, but like Gurgel, he hasn’t competed since last fall; Heun most recently knocked out James Edson Berto at EliteXC: Heat.

Dennis Hallman and Cory Devela have also been booked for the event (against yet-unnamed opponents), and a lightweight bout between Duane Ludwig and Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm has been rumored as well.

Related: As rumored, Sarah Kaufman (8-0) will indeed be replacing Kim Couture against Miesha Tate (6-1) at Strikeforce’s first "Challengers" event (May 15th; Fresno, California).

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Cyborgs roommate- May 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm
Damn you guys are harsh!

Evangelista was the first one with the nickname "Cyborg" and when Cris married him, she chose to use it aswell... Afterall, they both have very similar styles...

Harsh or not they do look pretty jacked and weathered but if anyone of you met them, im positive you guys would feel bad for talking shit... Trust me... I did.

They are waaay nice people... Streight up cristian's too... I mean they really are softies in every possible way... Cuddling and crap like that... But put them in the cage and you got yourself a fucken fight!
Blaphtome- May 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm
Bet no one hits on either of them.
Richard Tucker- May 6, 2009 at 11:07 am
Evangelista Santos's picture is in the dictionary next to "push your shit in" (v.)
Herpes Legion- May 6, 2009 at 10:47 am
So who's the man and who's the woman?

Are they actually a unisexual being that can morph into whichever Cyborg they want at will?

Please explain:(
Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 10:46 am
jfc, they have to be ugliest couple ever. looks like they share the same medicine cabinet...
Adebisi- May 6, 2009 at 10:19 am
Rogans Beard "Does anyone know who had the Cyborg nickname first?"
bump- May 6, 2009 at 9:51 am
Lyle "FancyPants" Beerbohm FTW. Best name/nickname combo ever.

Lyle has to come in a close second to Sue for a boys name that will guarantee toughness. Beerbohm sounds like some shit German frat boys do for kicks. If I was a fighter, which I'm not, I would fight extra hard to make sure I didn't have a loss to a dude nicknamed Fancy Pants. So yeah, Win Win Win on that name.
boreeed- May 6, 2009 at 9:48 am
I saw Kimbo at the Hess Gas Station in South Florida a week ago, He was hitting on some HoodRat haha
CAPS LOCK HAL,- May 6, 2009 at 9:21 am
rokabee- May 6, 2009 at 8:55 am
wtf are their kids gonna look like....
Danal White- May 6, 2009 at 8:27 am
Sorry but you cant BOTH be called Cyborg.
Fight for it if you want or give it to the one with the biggest penis of the two, I dont care. You just cant share the same nickname.
Actually, if Cris doesnt have to cut, they could meet at a catch weight.
And since both gas out quickly, you know its gonna be a quick one.
Damn, Im talking myself into this fight and its making great sense as an undercard to Sylvia-Mercer now.

But man, this dude looks like a queer and she looks like a he.
Dont tell me those two arent fucked up more than the Tito-Jenna couple.

High on Elmer's Glue - May 6, 2009 at 7:34 am
I would like to see a fight between Rocky I and Rocky III.
Kimbo Slice who?- May 6, 2009 at 7:08 am
who? Kimbo? I saw that fool on TMZ last night. He was caught at an illegal underground cockfight! Oh yeah did I mention the rooster PKO him 2nd round. (Peckingknockout)
Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 6:59 am
as kimbo gone missing? i would like to see him get ko'd one more time
Cathyllove- May 6, 2009 at 6:57 am
Is he the guy who's hooking up with hot models on
___Tallmingle .C o m___ ? actually there're lots sexy people there, Online chat, blogs, forums, flirtation and messages! Start an May-December romance just a click away! Whether for heat or passion, you are gonna be surprised what you might be end with!!LOL :-)
Old, Bald and Irish- May 6, 2009 at 6:56 am
It will be good to see Smokin' Joe back in action.

They should have Villasenor fight Nick Diaz and call it "Strikeforce: Still Smokin'!"
The Can- May 6, 2009 at 6:44 am
Can't wait to see Gurgel stand there and eat punches cause he want to "entertain" the fans.
imalebowski- May 6, 2009 at 6:42 am
imagine if man cyborg came home wasted one night, and decided it was wife-beating time. then she would just start muay-thai-ing the shit out of him, he'd get his thing on, and the cops would get called by neighbors to find the cyborg residence was having world war 3 inside. but seriously, i wonder who takes it, drunk man cyborg or sober woman (ish) cyborg?
Rogan's Beard- May 6, 2009 at 6:37 am
Isn't Evangelista a woman's name? Does anyone know who had the Cyborg nickname first? To be nicknamed after a robot from a 1980's film is pretty embarrassing, but to be nicknamed after your wife? No wonder he looks pissed!!
Anonymous- May 6, 2009 at 6:18 am
both cyborgs look equally natural...