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Nah-Shon Burrell looking to make a statement for Philly against Chris Spang at Strikeforce show

Nah-Shon Burrell plays the role of Philly spot-on. Burrell, who will face Chris Spang on the main card for this Saturday night’s Strikeforce event in San Jose, California, plans on making his family and friends proud back home in Philadelphia.

The welterweight was originally set to face Bobby Voelker but an injury forced Voekler out. Of course, the opponent doesn’t really matter to Burrell – he just wants to fight.

“We got a chip on our shoulder out here,” said Burrell of Philadelphia in a recent interview with Strikeforce’s website. “Not a lot of people take us seriously. We don’t have a lot of good wrestling gyms or big MMA gyms out here, so when you hear that you’re fighting somebody from Philly, you think, ‘What’s out there, who do they have, he must by corny.’ That’s how I feel about it, so every time I leave Philly, I’m putting Philly on my back.”

Burrell-Spang will be part of the Showtime card also featuring the final of the Heavyweight Grand Prix and Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez defending his title against Josh Thomson.

In Melendez, Burrell sees someone who has what he wants for himself – championship gold.

“I see myself always getting better and I see myself as a future champion,” Burrell said. “Sometime soon.”


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