by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed Nick Diaz will face Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis on Jan. 30 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title and Cris ” Cyborg” Santos will defend her 145-pound belt for the first time against Marloes Coenen.
Strikeforce originally planned to put Diaz in with Jay Heiron in August for the welterweight crown, but those plans were scrapped when Diaz failed to show up for mandatory licensing drug screening. Heiron defeated “The Ultimate Fighter 7” cast member Jesse Taylor in a non-title fight instead.
Diaz heads into the fight on a five-fight win streak defeating Scott Smith and Frank Shamrock in his first two bouts with Strikeforce, both taking place at catchweights.
Zaromskis comes in with five straight wins as well, including winning the 2009 Dream Welterweight Grand Prix.
The fight with Coenen will be Santos’ first bout since dismantling popular female fighter Gina Carano in August. She’s on an eight-fight streak without a loss.
The Dutch born Coenen debuted in Strikeforce in August avenging a previous loss to Roxanne Modafferi.
The two title bouts headline the fight card and will air on Showtime.
“Strikeforce: Miami” Tentative Fight Card:
-Cris “Cyborg” Santos (8-1) vs. Marloes Coenen (17-3)
-Nick Diaz (20-7) vs. Marius Zaromskis
-Jay Hieron (18-4) vs. TBA
-Herschel Walker (0-0) vs. TBA
-K.J. Noons (7-2) vs. TBA
-Bobby Lashley (4-0) vs. TBA
-Robbie Lawler (16-5) vs. TBA