Strikeforce’s forthcoming effort grew this week when the organization announced a trio of new bouts for the September 29 show including a pairing providing proof that the organization’s interest in female fights extends beyond those involving Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Sarah Kaufman.
According to Strikeforce officials, hard-hitting Brazilian bantamweight Amanda Nunes will clash with unbeaten Cat Zingano at the event, while welterweights Nah-Shon Burrell and Yuri Villefort will look to bounce back from defeat in their most recent rumbles rather than suffer a second consecutive loss. Also added was a fight between lightweights Jorge Gurgel and Mizuto Hirota.
Nunes, who holds a 7-2 record, has scored stoppages against every opponent she’s faced including those in bouts against Julia Budd, Vanessa Porto, and Raquel Pa’aluhi. Comparably, Zingano has compiled a 6-0 mark thus far in her career with finishes in five of her victories and success against the likes of Barb Honchak/Carina Damm.
The 22-year old Burrell suffered his first loss under the Strikeforce banner in May, falling by strikes to Chris Spang. Overall he is 8-2 with six TKOs to his credit. Likewise, Villefort also came up short in his last outing but had won all six of his previous fights entering the affair.
Gurgel is 14-8 with ten submissions and a propensity for putting it all on the line to entertain fans. Meanwhile, Hirota lost by decision in his Strikeforce debut to top contender Pat Healy but is 14-5-1 with success against the likes of Mitsuhiro Ishida and Satoru Kitaoka.
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy is headlined by lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez putting his gold up for grabs against grizzled veteran Healy. Other bouts attached to the card include Jorge Santiago-Quinn Mulhern and Josh Thomson-Caros Fodor.
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