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Shane Del Rosario injured in car accident, off June 18 Strikeforce event

In unfortunate news, Strikeforce heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario was injured in a car accident on April 14. He was scheduled to square off against Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum in a Heavyweight Grand Prix Reserve bout but has been forced to withdraw from the fight due to injuries suffered in the accident.

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While stopped at a red light in California, Del Rosario was struck by an alleged intoxicated driver. The accident totaled Del Rosario’s car and left the fighter badly injured. According to Del Rosario’s trainer, Colin Oyama, Shane is having, “serious physical difficulties” that will keep him out of training for another two or three months. Del Rosario hopes to fight again but he must first go through rehab.

The undefeated Rosario has taken the MMA world by storm in recent years with 11 finishes in 11 fights and 10 of them coming in the first round. His most recent victory came via first round armbar against Lavar Johnson at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva.

Strikeforce is currently looking for a replacement fight for the June 18 event in Texas. A lightweight showdown between strikers KJ Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal has been heavily rumored but nothing is official.