Injury forces "Cyborg" Santos out of July scrap with Paul DaleyPosted on June 24, 2011, 04:24 PM by Joey Santosus
Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos has been forced to withdraw from his July 30th Strikeforce bout with Paul Daley due to a shoulder injury suffered during training.
New of the development was first reported by MMAPrime.tv. Sources tell MMAFighting.com that the promotion is, in fact, searching for a suitable replacement for the Brazilian.
The match-up, which was announced just under two weeks ago, drew speculation of possible title implications in light of former division champ Nick Diaz's departure to the UFC. Rising contender Tyron Wooldley has also been included in the conversation, as he's racked up six consecutive victories with the promotion and remains undefeated at 8-0. The ATT trained fighter has been vocal about his desire to face Daley and currently has no forthcoming bouts scheduled.
Santos (18-14) was set to return to action for the first time since coming up short in a title scrap with Diaz back in January. The Brazilian was unable to gain an edge standing and was forced to tap when a desperate takedown attempt left him vulnerable to an armbar. The defeat snapped a two-fight winning streak and marks his second loss with the promotion, having previously dropped a close split decision against Joey Villasenor in 2009.
Daley (27-10-2), meanwhile, will also look to rebound from a failed attempt at dethroning Diaz at a more recent April event. Though "Semtex" appeared to have Diaz hurt early on, the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product was able to regroup and finish the Brit with a flurry of punches in the final moments of the opening round. Prior to the loss, Daley had won four straight after being released by the UFC in 2010, including victories over fellow Strikeforce competitors Jorge Masvidal (under the Shark Fights banner) and a devastating knockout win against Scott Smith in his promotional debut.
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson is set to take place July 30th from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The stacked card will be headlined by the highly anticipated Heavyweight bout between current 205-pound Champion Dan Henderson and "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko.
Photo: Paul Daley celebrates his victory over Dustin Hazelett during UFC 108 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 2, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker