The lightweight headliner of Strikeforce Challengers 18 has been made official, as both Jorge Gurgel and Joe Duarte hit their contracted weights at Thursday’s official weigh-ins.

Gurgel (Pictured; file photo) came in at 154 pounds, while Duarte tipped the scales at 155 for Friday’s clash at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Also featuring the Strikeforce debut of Danillo Villefort, the event’s main card will air live in North America on premium cable channel Showtime. Villefort (186) will square off against fellow Strikeforce newcomer Nate James (185) in a middleweight affair.

Additionally, the main card will showcase a lightweight scrap between Pat Healy (155) and Eric Wisely (156), as well as a light heavyweight confrontation pitting Roy Jones (204) against Derrick Mehmen (205).

Rounding out the evening’s televised proceedings will be another highly anticipated Strikeforce debutant, as 2008 Olympics judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey (146) takes on Sarah D’Alelio (146) in a 145-pound women’s tilt.

Gurgel, 34, has lost four of his last six fights. Following a seven-fight UFC stint that saw the Brazilian post a 3-4 Octagon record, Gurgel joined the Strikeforce roster in 2009. Since stepping into the promotion’s hexagonal cage, Gurgel has earned wins over Conor Heun and Billy Vaughan while dropping bouts to Billy Evangelista and K.J. Noons.

Duarte rides a four-fight winning streak into his showdown with Gurgel. The Guamanian has tasted defeat only twice, his most recent loss coming in his lone Bellator appearance against Carey Vanier last year. Duarte made his Strikeforce debut in April, submitting Saad Awad with an armbar.

Jorge Gurgel (154) vs. Joe Duarte (155)
Danillo Villefort (186) vs. Nate James (185)
Pat Healy (155) vs. Eric Wisely (156)
Ronda Rousey (146) vs. Sarah D’Alelio (146)
Roy Jones (204) vs. Derrick Mehmen (205)
Keith Berry (204) vs. Gian Villante (205)
Lukasz Les (169) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (172)*
Mike Bronzoulis (169) vs. Chad Leonhardt (171)
Sterling Ford (156) vs. Milton Vieira (155)

Burrell was given two hours to attempt to make the 171-pound limit.

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

Related News

UFC 212 official for June 3 in Rio de Janeiro with Jose Aldo-Max Holloway headliner

  • 9 days ago
  • 13 views

The UFC will kick off the summer months by figuring out the featherweight pecking order at UFC 212 in Brazil. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Gunnar Nelson vs. Alan Jouban official as London's UFC Fight Night 107 co-headliner

  • 8 days ago
  • 7 views

Next month’s UFC Fight Night 107 event has its 13th bout, and this will one is slated as the co-headliner.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Bellator 172 official weigh-in video, photos: Heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Mitrione cleared for slugest

  • 5 days ago
  • 12 views

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The official weigh-ins are complete for Saturday’s Bellator 172 event, and 16 bouts are now official for the card.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, Featured Videos, News, Videos read news >>

LFA 4/AXS TV Fights videos: Headliner Damon Jackson ready for showdown (finally) with Kevin Aguilar

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 views

Fighters pull out of bouts all the time, but there was something about the way Damon Jackson lost his featherweight title opponent this past fall that has stuck with him.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, F read news >>

Cris Cyborg Granted Exemption, Cleared of UFC Anti-Doping Violation | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 6 views

USADA on Friday announced that Cris Cyborg has been granted a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption and will therefore not face an anti-doping policy violation. read news >>

Cris 'Cyborg' Justino Cleared to Return to UFC by Doping Agency

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC star Cris Cyborg will not face a suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency for a drug test failure. USADA officially announced its decision regarding Cyborg on Friday on its official w read news >>

UFC Fight Night 105 official weigh-in photos: Cold in Halifax, but fights heating up

  • 4 days ago
  • 77 views

HALIFAX – The official weigh-ins are complete for the UFC’s return to Canada’s Atlantic Coast.Filed under: Featured, News, Photo Gallery, UFC read news >>

How big of a role did the clash of heads play in Bellator 172's headliner? Freire and Thomson have different opinions

  • 3 days ago
  • 10 views

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Bellator 172's Josh Thomson took an "it is what it is" approach to being knocked out by Patricky Freire in front of his home crowd on Saturday, but still believes the head clash ea read news >>

Georges St-Pierre: 'It's Official, I'm Back' (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 3 days ago
  • 36 views

It's official. Georges St-Pierre is back with the UFC. read news >>

Fedor Emelianenko unsurprisingly chill about scrapped Bellator 172 headliner, says it was 'God's plan'

  • 3 days ago
  • 15 views

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Fedor Emelianenko was his usual stoic self addressing the last-minute cancellation of his Bellator debut after scheduled opponent Matt Mitrione fell ill.Filed under: Bellator, Feat read news >>