Welterweights Nah-Shon Burrell and Yuri Villefort are the latest additions to Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Healy”

Promotion officials announced the pairing on Thursday, making nine fights now official for the Sept. 29 event, which takes place at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif. The evening’s main draw airs on premium cable network Showtime and is headlined by a titular lightweight title confrontation between Gilbert Melendez and Pat Healy. The preliminary draw immediately precedes the main card broadcast and airs on sister network Showtime Extreme.

Burrell, 22, recently saw a six-fight winning streak snapped when he suffered a first-round technical knockout at the hands of lanky foe Chris Spang. That May 19 setback served as Burrell’s first Strikeforce defeat, as “The Rock-N-Rolla” previously earned victories over Joe Ray, Lukasz Les and James Terry in his first three promotional outings.

Like his opponent, Villefort, 21, was also bested on May 19 in his most recent in-cage appearance, dropping a split decision to Quinn Mulhern at “Barnett vs. Cormier.” The bout was the first in nearly two years for Villefort, who underwent knee surgery last summer. Widely regarded as one of the welterweight division’s top prospects, the Floridian earned five finishes in his first six fights as a professional.

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

Related News

Overeem calls Werdum an 'MMA master’ but believes he can ‘expose his weaknesses’

  • 13 days ago
  • 52 views

Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem believes he can beat Fabricio Werdum in a trilogy fight. read news >>

Gastelum Back On Track, Stops Marquardt

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

Kelvin Gastelum pounded on Nate Marquardt for two rounds before the former Strikeforce champ couldn't come out of his corner for the third to capture the win on the UFC 188 main card. read news >>

Dana White Shuts Down Kelvin Gastelum's Welterweight Return

  • 16 days ago
  • 17 views

Kelvin Gastelum was impressive at UFC 188, roughing up former UFC title contender and former Strikeforce champ Nate Marquardt. Unfortunately, while he was hoping that the fight with Marquardt would b read news >>

Video: Watch UFC 188 headliner Fabricio Werdum's impressive UFC return

  • 16 days ago
  • 12 views

After a loss to Alistair Overeem in his final Strikeforce fight, Fabricio Werdum needed a good performance in his return to the UFC back in 2012. Mission accomplished.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 188 Free Fight Flashback: Kelvin Gastelum Subs Jake Ellenberger

  • 18 days ago
  • 7 views

Welterweights Kelvin Gastelum and Jake Ellenberger start fast inside the Octagon at UFC 180 in Mexico. read news >>

Gilbert Melendez on Reebok deal: 'It's a bummer to see'

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez is one of the fighters who will really be left out in the cold by the UFC's new Reebok deal and he's not terribly pleased about it. Even before the tiers wer read news >>

Bellator 138: Bobby Lashley Predicting Early Knockout Win over James Thompson

  • 22 days ago
  • 5 views

In 2009, Strikeforce heavyweight Bobby Lashley was something of an oddity. An unknown commodity fighting for a promotion that, similarly, was trying to figure out its own identity. One part legitimat read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 results recap: Dan Henderson proves he's 'not quite done yet'

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson dipped into the fountain of youth this past Saturday night (June 6, 2015) in order to knock out Tim Boetsch in the main event of UFC Fight Nig read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 predictions

  • 24 days ago
  • 7 views

The UFC's Fight Night series rolls on, this time in the Big Easy. Former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson tries to hold onto his time in the spotlight against fellow middleweight Tim Boet read news >>

Bellator 140: Paul 'Semtex' Daley returns for July 17 scrap against Dennis Olson

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce welterweight slugger Paul Daley makes his return to the Bellator MMA cage when he takes on 170-pound standout Dennis Olson (14-8) on the Sp read news >>