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.