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Shonie Carter signs with Strikeforce

200px-shoniecarter-usmcphoto-cropped.png“Mr. International” Shonie Carter has signed a contract with San Jose-based MMA promotion Strikeforce. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

According to a press release issued by the promotion, Carter, 39-17-7, will make his Strikeforce debut on June 27 in a welterweight bout against Luke Stewart.

Carter is best known for two stints on reality television. He was featured during the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which was billed as “The Comeback.” Currently, he can be seen as a coach on BET’s “Iron Ring” series.

Carter, who made his professional MMA debut in 1997, holds notable victories over the like of Dave Menne, Chris Lytle, Matt Serra, and Jason MacDonald.

His opponent, Stewart, is 5-1 with all of his pro MMA fights having taken place in Strikeforce. He was a perfect 5-0 heading into an fight this past March against Tiki Ghosn that took place on the undercard of the Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le co-promotion between Strikeforce and EliteXC. Ghosn displayed outstanding Muay Thai in the fight and recorded an upset unanimous decision victory.

The June 27 show will be headlined by a Strikeforce lightweight title defense by incumbent Gilbert Melendez against challenger Josh Thomson and will be televised live on HDNet.

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