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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Additions to July 14th Strikeforce Include Healy vs. Hirota, High vs. Moore and Mein vs. Stinson

A victorious Pat Healy (photo: Esther Lin / Strikeforce)

By FCF Staff

Approximately six weeks out from Strikeforce’s upcoming July 14th card in Portland, Oregon, the promotion has confirmed three more fights for the card, which feature several established fighters.

According to a press release from the organization, lightweight contender Pat Healy has verbally agreed to fight former Sengoku champ Mizuto Hirota.

Healy (27-16) continued his rise through the Strikeforce ranks in March, by tapping out prospect Caros Fodor, while Hirota (14-4-1) is coming off back-to-back wins over Seichi Ikemoto and Katsunori Kikuno.

At welterweight, prospect Jordan Mein (24-8) will take on Bellator veteran Tyler Stinson (23-8).

Mein will be looking to rebound from a split decision loss he suffered against Tyron Woodley in January, which ended his six fight win streak, while Stinson is coming off a split decision defeat to Tarec Saffiedine at the same Strikeforce event.

Prior to the loss Stinson had won four straight.

And in another welterweight tilt, UFC vet Jason High (15-3) will take on Nate Moore (8-2).

High is coming off a unanimous decision win over Todd Moore in September to extend his winning streak to six, which includes wins over Mein, Hayato Sakurai and Quinn Mulhern.

Moore hasn’t fought since January, 2011, when he knocked out Nathan Coy, to rebound from  a stoppage loss to the aforementioned Saffiedine in May, 2010.

The July 14th Strikeforce will be hosted by Portland’s Rose Garden Arena and will feature middleweight champion Luke Rockhold taking on challenger Tim Kennedy.

The card will also include a bout between Woodley and Nate Marquardt for the promotion’s vacant welterweight belt.

The event will be broadcast on Showtime.



posted by FCF Staff @ 10:34 am
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