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Tyron Woodley agrees to fight Paul Daley in July

Strikeforce’s Tyron Woodley has been patiently waiting for an opponent to surface since improving to 8-0 this past January with a win over Tarec Saffiedine. Now it appears he not only has one lined up, but it also happens to be an adversary with stature similar enough to his own to make the bout worthy of determining one of the contenders for the division’s vacant championship.

According to multiple reports, Woodley has agreed to step in for Evangelista Santos on July 30 at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” and put his unbeaten streak on the line against British bomber Paul Daley after the hard-hitting Santos was recently forced to withdraw due to injury.

Word of the match-up first surfaced on MMAJunkie with a later report on MMAFighting supporting the claim. Strikeforce has not made an official announcement one way or the other.

“T-Wood” has won six straight fights in Strikeforce including the win over Saffiedine as well as success against Rudy Bears and Andre Galvao. The former All-American out of Missouri has finished six of the opponents he’s beaten including five via submission, important factors to consider when evaluating his potential pairing with Daley.

The standup-centric Daley has notched 20 of his 25 total victories through TKOs with a few strike-based submissions in the bunch as well. However, grappling has been viewed as one of his weaker points with tap-outs in half of his losses and decisions dropped to masters of the mat Nick Thompson and Josh Koscheck.

“Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” will take place in Chicago and feature a headlining bout between heavyweight icon Fedor Emelianenko and decorated champion Dan Henderson as well as a defense from female title-holder Marloes Coenen who faces ever-improving wrestler Miesha Tate. Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith and Tim Kennedy vs. Rob Lawler are also planned for the event.


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