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Strikeforce cuts ties with Joey Villasenor

Adding to news that Strikeforce released welterweight Joe Riggs, Five Ounces of Pain has learned the promotion also recently parted ways professionally with seasoned veteran Joey Villasenor.

The 27-8 middleweight’s release came after a decision loss to 185-pound champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza earlier this year in his previous promotional appearance, as well as a similarly scored defeat to Danilo Villefort at Shark Fights 13 in September.

While no official word on the 185-pounder’s status has been issued as of this report, Five Ounces of Pain was able to confirm the cut with a reliable source possessing intimate knowledge of the situation, as well as Strikeforce officials, and have learned Villasenor is currently seeking a fight.

“Smokin’ Joe” had won four consecutive bouts prior to his back-to-back losses but, averaging only a single fight per year since signing with the organization, struggled to find a consistent home in Strikeforce’s ring as far as staying active. The Greg Jackson team-member has twenty-two finishes in his twenty-seven wins. He holds career victories over respected competitors like Phil Baroni, Ryan Jensen, Tim Credeur, Jorge Santiago, and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.

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