After the disappointment of Strikeforce: Nashville, what the promotion needs is to bounce back with a strong card as soon as possible – and as luck would have it Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery is already lined up for May 15th with a number of entertaining bouts.
The headline fight sees Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem finally make his return to the promotion after a two and a year absence to face Brett Rogers, who troubled Fedor Emelianenko in his last fight before succumbing to a knockout blow.
Another potentially explosive heavyweight encounter features as the co-main event of the evening as Andrei Arlovski looks to get his career back on track after losing to both Fedor and Rogers in a disappointing 2009 for the former UFC champion. His opponent on this occasion is Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva who lost by unanimous decision in his last outing against Fabricio Werdum.
Meanwhile in the light-heavyweight division Roger Gracie, who is 2-0 in his MMA career to date, is set to make his debut for Strikeforce against veteran fighter Kevin Randleman who suffered back-to-back losses in 2009.
In a middleweight encounter Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza returns after an impressive first round victory over Matt Lindland at the end of last year, and prepares to take on the experienced Joey Villasenor who claimed a split decision win over Evangalista ‘Cyborg’ Santos in a Strikeforce Challengers event last year.
Finally light-heavyweight prospect Antwain Britt will take on Rafael Cavalcante in the opening bout of the main card.
The undercard for the Heavy Artillery event also plays host to a number of familiar names including the likes of Lyle Beerbohm, Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Ribeiro and Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto.
See below for the full fight card for the Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery event which will air live on Showtime.
- Alistair Overeem Vs Brett Rogers (Heavyweight Title Fight)
- Andrei Arlovski Vs Antonio Silva
- Roger Gracie Vs Kevin Randleman
- Joey Villasenor Vs ‘Ronaldo Jacare’ Souza
- Antwain Britt Vs Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante
- Jesse Finney vs Justin DeMoney
- Lyle Beerbohm Vs Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Ribeiro
- Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto Vs Fedrico Lopez
- Fransisco “Kiko” France vs Lee Brousseau
- Mike Chandler vs Sal Woods
- Pat Benson vs Erik Steenberg
- Matt Ricehouse vs Tom Aaron
- Booker DeRousse vs Darryl Cobb