Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos will not be able to fight against Paul Daley and a replacement is being sought.
Author: Jay Furness
The highly anticipated welterweight clash between Paul “Semtex” Daley and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos will no longer go ahead on the July 30th Strikeforce card, with the Brazilian being forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.
Although the possibility that the bout may be scratched came to light late last night via MMAPrime.tv from a source in the Santos camp, YourMMA.tv were able to confirm with Daley’s people this morning that it was indeed official. Strikeforce are said to be looking for a replacement for Daley with five weeks until fight time.
The striker vs. striker battle of “Cyborg” and “Semtex” was hot on the lips of many MMA fans, with neither man known for taking a backwards step and both having a string of stoppage wins on their resume due to the concussive power in their hands and feet.
Although Daley lost his last bout in an entertaining one-round affair with Nick Diaz for the Strikeforce title, he had just one defeat in his last nine prior to that – that loss coming via decision to Josh Koscheck. Seven of those wins came via strikes, so it’s easy to see why people still want to see the Daley name on the bill as you’re almost guaranteed that someone is going to hit the canvas.
Up-and-coming wrestler Tyron Woodley is being name-checked by fans as the replacement they’d like to see, but with the relatively short notice it’s unclear as of yet who will step in to take on the challenge. Woodley’s unblemished 8-0 record — with six wins under the Strikeforce banner — means that he is in a prime spot should he want the opportunity.
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