Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos is off the March 29th EliteXC/Strikeforce card, where he was supposed to face Joe Villasenor, according to recent comments made to MMA Weekly from Strikeforce VP Mike Afromowitz:
“He has been having visa problems in Brazil,” Strikeforce vice president Mike Afromowitz told MMAWeekly.com. “The delay in his arrival would jeopardize him getting licensed in time for the fight.”
“There are a few guys that we are considering,” said Afromowitz, “but we’re still looking to finalize a replacement.” He was hopeful that an announcement would be forthcoming soon.
This is truly a bummer. Santos is as exciting a fighter as they come, even though he may not be the best or most technical fighter out there. His wild Chute Boxe style and his ability to absorb punishment usually make for great fights. Villasenor has been known to stand and bang as well, so this fight had the potential to be one of the better undercard bouts. We’ll keep you posted as soon as an announcement has been made in regards to a replacement.