Santos-Carano and other storylines for Saturday's Strikeforce card
Strikeforce will make history this weekend in San Jose, Califo. when
The scrap, a 145-pound title fight, will also feature five five-minute rounds not three, another first in women's mixed martial arts.
The fight card seemed doomed at one point, as fighter after fighter had to drop out for various reasons. Despite the disorder, the fight card lives on, featuring a Light Heavyweight title fight between current champ
Let's take a look some of the questions that fans can expect to be answered.
Much has been made of Carano being the "face" of woman's mixed martial arts, however not many in the media are speculating on who they think will actually win this fight.
Carano, the more versatile striker, may consider grounding her opponent if she gets besieged in a stand up fight. Carano's more complete technical game could offer her the tactical advantage she needs to score a victory over "The Muay Thai Machine."
Even in a loss, Carano's personality and appearance will keep her as the cover model for Woman's MMA, but her cybernetic counterpart will look to rearrange that pretty mug of hers given the chance.
It's the only division in Strikeforce short a title holder and when
Enter former TUF bad boy
Taylor has been on an MMA odyssey since being cut from the UFC following a submission loss to
Finally, he will get a long-awaited chance to once again prove himself to the MMA world.
Taylor and Hieron come into this fight in very different situations.
For the veteran Hieron, this fight marks the culmination of a strange couple of weeks. Originally slated to fight on Affliction's cancelled Trilogy card, Strikeforce quickly secured the services of the former IFL Welterweight Champion as a replacement to
With Diaz refusing to submit to CSAC drug testing earlier in the week, Hieron now finds himself squaring off against a last minute substitute riding a hot streak, without a championship on the line.
As for Taylor, this will be his third fight in less than 30 days and the seventh in 2009 for the Team Quest fighter.
Consider this welterweight scrap an unofficial interim title fight. The victor likely faces Diaz at some point ... unless he continues to refuse to pee in a cup or shifts his focus to his recently announced foray into boxing.
It is slim pickings when trying to crown the light heavyweight "Chosen One" outside of the Octagon. The UFC has eight of the top 10 fighters under contract; the two remaining rogues are
Most fighters would choose a less formidable foe in their first scrap in a heavier division. But the 24-year-old is no rookie when it comes to the fight game. Mousasi is a former DREAM Middleweight Champ and is considered extremely dangerous both standing and on the ground. He enters the fight, originally slated for Affliction: Trilogy, on a 12-fight winning streak and widely considered one of the top young talents in the sport today.
Look for Sobral to try and take the fight to the ground, where he will want to out grapple and just maybe submit his younger foe. Mousasi, a former kick boxer, will do his part to keep the fight standing and out strike his way to capturing Sobral's light heavyweight strap.
It was not exactly the rematch interim lightweight champion
Melendez was looking to accomplish two tasks this weekend: unify the lightweight title and exact his revenge by beating current champ
Instead Melendez will have to settle his score with
If Melendez can avoid that decision, he gets to exact the revenge he really wanted later in the year once Thomson's ankle is finally healed.
Werdum went from a heavyweight title fight with current champ
If Werdum wants to keep his hopes of a title fight alive, he can't overlook the hard-hitting Kyle, who will undoubtedly come out with both guns blazin' and look to land a finishing shot on the Brazilian.
Werdum will need to avoid a repeat of his final UFC fight with
The winner gets one step closer to a title shot, but they might just have to go through