Danillo Villefort will make his Strikeforce debut on Aug. 12, when the Brazilian middleweight collides with former Bellator talent Nate James at Strikeforce Challengers 18.

Villefort’s management announced the news Wednesday. Sherdog.com previously reported James’ participation in the event, which will emanate from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Headlined by a lightweight scrap between Jorge Gurgel and Joe Duarte, the evening’s main card will air live on Showtime.

Villefort was slated to make his Strikeforce debut on June 24 alongside his younger brother, Yuri Villefort, but both siblings were forced to withdraw from the event. While Yuri underwent knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus, Danillo has recovered quickly from a minor neck injury.

“I’m excited to get back in the cage,” the elder Villefort stated in a release. “My whole team is behind me and I am 100-percent ready to go.”

Villefort will ride a four-fight win streak into the bout. The Imperial Athletics representative won thrice in 2010, besting Strikeforce veteran Joey Villasenor and most recently outpointing former IFL titleholder Matt Horwich in March.

In James, Villefort faces a five-year MMA veteran. The American Kickboxing Academy product made his first and only Bellator appearance in April, falling by split decision to Tyler Stinson. James has won three of his last four bouts and has finished half of his career victims by knockout or submission.

“I’m sure [James] is going to be ready, but my job is to beat him down,” said Villefort. “I’m going to make a statement to let all the 185-pounders know I’m here and that I’m going to take over the middleweight division, starting on Aug. 12.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Michelle Waterson vs. Angela Magana Added to TUF 21 Finale

  • 29 days ago
  • 36 views

Newly signed UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson will make her promotional debut at the Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale, officials announced late Wednesday evening. read news >>

UFC and Strikeforce Veteran Benji Radach Returns at Bellator 137

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

After nearly five years on the inactive list, MMA veteran Benji Radach is returning to the cage. read news >>

The Question: What Should Happen with Jon Jones When He Returns to the UFC?

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

The news cycle for Jon Jones is slowly going dark, at least until his legal process plays out in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We don't know what he's facing there, and we don't know if he'll serve any so read news >>

UFC on FOX 16: Tom Lawlor returns, fights Gian Villante on July 25 in Chicago

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Tom Lawlor will move back up to the light heavyweight division when he collides with the streaking Gian Villante at the upcoming UFC on FOX 16: "Dill read news >>

UFC 187's Donald Cerrone willing to risk potential title shot against John Makdessi

  • 28 days ago
  • 24 views

Donald Cerrone has become famous for his willingness to make quick turnarounds and fight opponents on short notice. He said he applauds new UFC 187 opponent John Makdessi for doing the same. Filed un read news >>

Gian Villante vs. Tom Lawlor added to UFC on FOX 16

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC on FOX 16 just got a little filthy. "Filthy" Tom Lawlor returns to the Octagon after a two-year absence on July 25th, where he'll meet Gian Villante in a light heavyweight bout. The fight was ann read news >>

'Karate Hottie' draws TUF star for UFC debut on July 12

  • 28 days ago
  • 18 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is not without a sense of humor. Hoping to capitalize on the "it factor" of former Invicta FC champion Michelle Waterson, the promotion has paired her off against read news >>

VIDEO: UFC Stars Make Their Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Picks

  • 29 days ago
  • 29 views

Demetrious Johnson, Luke Rockhold, Lyoto Machida, and more give their takes on the boxing match of the century. read news >>

After 2-Year Absence, Opponent Sought for Prospect Frodo Khasbulaev's WSOF Debut

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

It has been called one of the saddest stories in mixed martial arts. That may be a bit of an overstatement, but not by a huge margin. Now, after two years in contractual and bureaucratic purgatory, D read news >>

Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV estimate of 3 million buys would make 'Money' and 'Pac Man' boxing's first-ever billionaires

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

How do you make a billion dollars in boxing? Well, it certainly helps when you charge upward of $100 for a pay-per-view (PPV) fight and peddle it to any and all suckers fans willing to open their wal read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: