Two new fights have just been made official for July 30th’s Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Henderson event.
Firstly a woman’s 135lb title fight between current champion Marloes Coenen and Meisha Tate will go down at the event.
Tate had been expected to face Coenen earlier in the year after earning her title shot by winning the woman’s welterweight tournament in the summer of last year, but injury forced her to pull out.
That left Coenen to successfully defend her title against Liz Carmouche in March, and now the originally proposed fight can take place.
Adding extra spice to the fight there’s been some bad blood between the two, with the normally easy-going Coenen stating her belief that Tate had faked her injury earlier in the year, something that she denies.
Elsewhere an intriguing light-heavyweight encounter sees former champion Muhammed ‘King Mo’ lawal take on BJJ ace Roger Gracie.
Lawal’s seven fight unbeaten start to his MMA career ended last year when he lost out to Rafael Cavalcante in his first title defense. Knee surgery immediately afterwards has kept the outspoken fighter out of action for the best part of a year, but he’s now finally ready to return.
Gracie, regarded as the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter currently competing in MMA, has so far produced a four-fight winning streak in the sport, all by submission, with his victims including veterans like Kevin Randleman and Trevor Prangley.
With an improving striking game Gracie is emerging as a true force in the Strikeforce 205lb division, but there’s no doubt that ‘King Mo’ is a huge step up in competition for him this early in his MMA career.
The Strikeforce event is expected to air on Showtime on July 30th with a ‘superfight’ between MMA legends Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson topping the bill.