The bouts were announced by Strikeforce officials on Saturday.
The other fight announced for the late July card is a light heavyweight bout between Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and grappling ace Roger Gracie. MMAWeekly.com first reported the bout between Lawal and Gracie in early April, and now Strikeforce has confirmed the bout as a done deal for the card.
Lawal will be returning to action for the first time since losing the Strikeforce light heavyweight title to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in 2010. Since that time, Lawal had to have surgery to repair some nagging injuries, but he’s healthy again and ready to make his climb back into the 205-pound title picture.
Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Marloes Coenen will look to make her second successful title defense, this time facing Miesha Tate. The pair were originally set to square off in March, but a late training injury forced Tate out of the bout.
Coenen went on to submit replacement Liz Carmouche in the fourth round of their title bout in Ohio. This will be Tate’s first fight since winning a one night tournament in Strikeforce in the summer of 2010.
The two new bouts will be featured on the main card of the Showtime event headlined by former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko taking on current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson in a special heavyweight super fight.
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