Strikeforce has compiled a diverse MMA card with many up and comers worth watching. Light Heavyweight Renato "Babalu" Sobral will face an American militray hero Tim Kennedy. This fight is expected to pull fans from the military community. Also fighting is Evanelista Cyborg and Conor Heun for a welterweight bout that is hoping to surprise fans with their dynamic styles.
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Former STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight Champ Renato "Babalu" Sobral, American military hero and up-and-coming middleweight TimKennedy, welterweight Evangelista Cyborg and Hollywood's Conor "Hurricane" Heun participated in an open media workout on Monday at Krav Maga Worldwide Training Center in Los Angeles, just two days before the upcoming STRIKEFORCE Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 16, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Sobral (35-8), the former STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Champion who hails from Brazil and fights out of Orange County, will collide with exciting knockout artist Robbie Lawler (17-5) at a catch weight of 195 pounds in the main event. The fight will be Sobral's first since losing his STRIKEFORCE belt to Gegard Mousasi on Dec. 19, 2009. Prior to the defeat, Sobral had reeled off five consecutive victories.
American military hero and San Luis Obispo native Kennedy (11-2) will face the former South African National Wrestling Champion Trevor Prangley(22-5-1) at middleweight (185 pounds) in one of the featured STRIKEFORCE fights at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Kennedy, a former United States Army Special Forces sniper with the 19th Special Forces outfit based in San Antonio, has toured the Middle East multiple times, and earned the Army's Bronze Medal Star medal for valor under fire. Inside the cage, Kennedy has won three in a row and 11 of his last 12.
Evangelista Cyborg (17-13) will face DREAM belt-holder Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromskis (13-4) in a welterweight (170 pounds) contest. Conor Heun (8-3), who fights out of Hollywood, will face former world champion KJ Noons (8-2) of San Diego, Calif., in an excellent lightweight (155 pounds) match.
Tickets are on sale at STAPLES Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and STRIKEFORCE'S official website (www.strikeforce.com). Tickets will also be sold at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE box office on days when events take place there.