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,
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
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.