Five bouts are now official for Strikeforce/M-1 “Fedor vs. Henderson,” as two rumored welterweight scraps were recently announced by Showtime Sports for the July 30 event.

Completing a main card headlined by the titular heavyweight confrontation between Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson, prospects Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine will square off with two of MMA’s hardest-punching welterweights in Paul Daley and Scott Smith, respectively.

Emanating from Sears Centre Arena in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Ill., the show will also feature a middleweight bout between Robbie Lawler and Tim Kennedy, as well as a women’s 135-pound title tilt pitting champion Marloes Coenen against challenger Miesha Tate. The evening’s main card will air live on Showtime.

One of the welterweight division’s most promising prospects, Woodley (Pictured; file photo) was a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri before beginning his MMA career in 2009. Undefeated in eight fights, Woodley has emerged victorious in all six of his Strikeforce outings. His last performance occurred in January, when he bested fellow up-and-comer Saffiedine by unanimous decision.

Known for his knockout power, Daley has posted 20 of his 27 career victories by knockout. The Brit recently had a four-fight winning streak snapped when he challenged for Nick Diaz’s Strikeforce welterweight title in April. Prior to that first-round TKO defeat, the 28-year-old had knocked out both Deep champion Yuya Shirai and the aforementioned Smith in less than four minutes combined.

Saffiedine, 24, has yet to be finished in his four years as a pro. The “Sponge” recently had a three-fight winning streak halted by Woodley, as the Team Quest representative suffered his first Strikeforce defeat to the wrestler at Strikeforce Challengers 13. Saffiedine holds half of his career wins by submission and fought twice in Japanese promotion Dream before joining Strikeforce.

Smith is a newcomer to the welterweight division. The former WEC light heavyweight champion, “Hands of Steel” was welcomed rudely to the 170-pound ranks when he was knocked out cold by a Daley left hook in December. Smith is regarded as one of the most durable fighters in the division, though he has been finished a total of seven times in his 10-year pro career.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 197 weigh-in results: Jones-Saint Preux, Johnson-Cejudo official for title fights

  • 12 days ago
  • 11 views

LAS VEGAS – The UFC 197 weigh-ins are in the books, and all the fighters are official for Saturday’s card, including the four vying for titles at the top of the bill.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Tweets of the Week - 4/22

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 views

A look at the best tweets from the world of UFC. Follow @ufc, the list of official UFC accounts, and the list of UFC fighters to keep up with these guys and gals. read news >>

UFC 200 a 'work in progress,' but stars ready

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 views

Some of the UFC's biggest stars were on hand to discuss the three fights at International Fight Week (UFC 200, Ultimate Fighter finale and Fight Night Vegas), but there's still more to come promises read news >>

Jones vs. Saint Preux Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 197

  • 11 days ago
  • 11 views

UFC 197 made it official: Jon Jones is back. The former light heavyweight champion successfully came back after more than a year away from the Octagon with a unanimous-decision win over Ovince Saint read news >>

UFC 197 Jones vs Saint Preux final results

  • 11 days ago
  • 6 views

Who were the winners at UFC 197: Jones vs Saint Preux? Click below to get the results for all the fights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 23, 2016. read news >>

Valor Fights’ Corey Browning Plans Busy Year

  • 7 days ago
  • 4 views

He may have started his pro career off slowly, but Corey Browning plans a busy 2016. He returns to the cage at Valor Fights 32 on Friday. read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 23: Ep. 2 Preview

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 views

Following an episode filled with 16 elimination fights, the competitors on Team Joanna and Team Claudia will finally move into the house this week, and the tournament heats up with the first schedule read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 23: Ep. 2 Recap

  • 8 days ago
  • 10 views

Following 16 fights to determine this year's cast for The Ultimate Fighter, it was time to move into the house and begin preparations for the first bout of the season pitting pre-show teammates Cory read news >>

It’s Fight Season for Valor Fights’ Tyler Hunley

  • 5 days ago
  • 6 views

It's fight season for Valor Fights' Tyler Hunley, so he's going to give it his all at Friday night's Fighting for Autism in Knoxville, Tenn. read news >>

UFC 198 Free Fight: Cris Cyborg Topples Gina Carano

  • 5 days ago
  • 72 views

Cris "Cyborg" Justino won the first ever Strikeforce women's featherweight championship in convincing fashion by taking out Gina Carano back in 2009. read news >>