Strikeforce has gained a reputation for using a lot of local talent when filling out the roster for their undercards when taking their show on the road, and it will be no different when the promotion hits Ohio for the first time in March.
Strikeforce has never made an appearance in the Buckeye State, which sanctions more MMA bouts than another other area in the United States.
One fighter who has made Ohio his home for more than a decade is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace and former UFC lightweight Jorge Gurgel, and he is expected to land on the Strikeforce undercard on March 5. While an opponent hasn’t been determined for Gurgel, local fighter Tyler Combs is the leading candidate.
Combs is a local fighter who trains near Dayton, OH and apparently has a long standing grudge with Gurgel. While the fight is not signed for the card, sources have indicated that is the fight Strikeforce has been working on for the March 5 show.
The first fight confirmed for the card will feature Cleveland area fighter Brian “The Predator” Rogers against Cincinnati favorite Mojo Horne. The bout was first confirmed by NAAFS.bs, which is an Ohio based promotion that Rogers has fought for several times in the past.
Rogers is coming off of a TKO win in Dan Bobish’s show in Cleveland earlier this month, and will look to make a splash when he debuts in Strikeforce. His opponent Mojo Horne is a home grown product from Cincinnati, having fought in the area for virtually his entire career.
Another local fighter, Roger Bowling, is also expected to make an appearance on the Strikeforce Ohio show. Bowling was a hot prospect coming out of Ohio just last year, and since signing with Strikeforce he has gone 1-1 with both fights against Bobby Voelker.
Bowling will face Cesar Gracie student Josh Thornburg who will be making his Strikeforce debut.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information on the Ohio card as it becomes available.