by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A lightweight contest has been added to the upcoming Strikeforce ShoMMA event set for June 19 in Kent, Wash., as submission specialist Conor Heun returns to action against former UFC fighter Jorge Gurgel in a bout that will in all likelihood wind up on the main card for the televised event.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday evening by sources close to the fight who stated verbal agreements are in place, but bout agreements should be issued shortly.
Conor Heun will make his Strikeforce debut riding a three-fight win streak with his last win coming by way of TKO over Edson Berto in October 2008, while under the EliteXC banner.
The brown belt in jiu-jitsu under Eddie Bravo also made a quick impression on fans earlier this year with his appearance on the popular MTV reality show “Bully Beatdown” in which he decimated an opponent, and gave the bully’s victim’s $10,000 in the process.
Likewise making his Strikeforce debut will be former UFC fighter and “Ultimate Fighter” alum Jorge Gurgel, who signed with the promotion some months ago, but will finally make his first appearance for the organization in June.
Known for his exciting style in fights, Gurgel also carries a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Marcus Aurelio, but the Cincinnati based fighter struggled in his last few fights while in the UFC, amassing a 1-3 record in his last four fights.
Heun and Gurgel will both look to impress as the Strikeforce lightweight division continues to grow while champion Josh Thomson recovers from a broken ankle suffered earlier this year.
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more information on this event as it becomes available.