Coming off the announcement of a bout between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos finally coming to fruition, Strikeforce has now confirmed the clash will be for the promotion’s first-ever Female Championship. The fight will take place at 145-pounds. Additionally, Five Ounces of Pain has learned the match-up is scheduled for five rounds due to the belt’s involvement.
Said an animated Carano in reference to her upcoming scrap with one of the most physically intimidating, aggressive fighters in women’s’ MMA, “I’m really excited to be coming back and to have a new home with Strikeforce. I’ve wanted this fight with ‘Cyborg’ for a long time and so have the fans so it was important to me that it happen in my first fight back. I’ve been training hard the last few months and come August 15th, I will be in the best shape of my life. This fight will absolutely deliver on all the hype.”
August 15th, 2009 will mark Carano’s second appearance under the Strikeforce banner. In 2006, and her third professional fight, she walked away the winner in a unanimous decision victory over Cung Le protégé Elaina Maxwell.