SATURDAY, JAN 29
In world title fights, talented Nick Diaz will defend his welterweight title against Evangelista Cyborg and Jacare Souza will risk his middleweight crown against former two-time world champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.
Diaz has been unstoppable of late, winning eight in a row, including an impressive, clear-cut five-round decision over nemesis, KJ Noons, in his last start last Oct. 9 on SHOWTIME.
Diaz will be making his second title defense when he faces the Brazilian powerhouse, Cyborg, the husband of STRIKEFORCE Women’s Middleweight (145 pounds) Champion Cris Cyborg, in the main event.
The male Cyborg possesses prolific striking ability, having KO’d 11 of his 18 victims. In his last outing, he registered a first-round TKO (punches) over former Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis last June 16 on SHOWTIME.
Jacare, a slick submission specialist who’ll be making his first defense, captured the vacant 185-pound crown last Aug. 21 with a hard-fought unanimous decision over American military hero Tim Kennedy on SHOWTIME.
Lawler is one of the hardest punchers in the division. The southpaw is coming off a one-punch, 50-second, first-round knockout over Matt “The Law” Lindland on Dec. 4 on SHOWTIME. Fifteen of Lawler’s 18 victories have come via knockout or TKO.
Herschel Walker, 48, will be opposed by Scott Carson in a fight originally scheduled for last Dec. 4 that was postponed after the football legend sustained a cut above his eye during a training session. The ageless Walker won his professional MMA debut with a convincing third- round TKO (punches) over 26-year-old Greg Nagy on Jan. 30, 2010, on SHOWTIME.
In the fourth fight on the telecast, undefeated Roger Gracie will seek his fourth consecutive victory when he meets former South African national wrestling champion and MMA star Trevor Prangley in a light heavyweight match.
The highly regarded Gracie is a 10-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion and two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships winner,. He won his STRIKEFORCE debut with a second-round submission (rear naked choke) over former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin “The Monster” Randleman on May 15, 2010, on SHOWTIME.
Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista Santos
Ronaldo Souza vs. Robbie Lawler
Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson
Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley
Germaine De Randamie vs. Stephanie Webber
Nathan Coy vs. Nate Moore
Eric Lawson vs. Ron Keslar
Jenna Castillo vs. Charlene Gellner
Bobby Stack vs. Isaiah Hill
James Terry vs. Lucas Gamaza
Anthony Dariano vs. Alan Perez
Ricky Jackson vs. Niko Jackson
Sam Bracamonte vs. Armin Safiari