Three new undercard contests have joined the fight bill for Strikeforce’s July 14 return to the Pacific Northwest.
“Rockhold vs. Kennedy” now features veteran Pat Healy, who faces
Deep lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota.
Canadian welterweight talent Jordan Mein will lock
horns with Bellator vet Tyler Stinson,
while onetime UFC competitor Jason High takes on
American Kickboxing Academy representative Nate
The event takes place at the Rose Garden arena in Portland,
Ore., and will be headlined by a titular middleweight title confrontation
Rockhold and Tim
Kennedy. The evening’s co-main event features a welterweight championship
showdown between Tyron Woodley and
and airs on Showtime immediately following the preliminary card broadcast on
Healy, 28, rides a four-fight winning streak into his
booking with Hirota. After submitting to a Josh Thomson
rear-naked choke in 2010, “Bam Bam” posted consecutive decision victories over
and Eric Wisely
before closing out 2011 with a submission win over Venezuelan talent Maximo Blanco.
Most recently, the Oregonian was victorious in his meeting with AMC Pankration
Fodor, submitting “The Future” with an arm-triangle choke on March
Hirota is perhaps best known for his match with Dream titlist Shinya Aoki on New
Year’s Eve 2009, the result of which was a broken arm for the former Sengoku
champ courtesy of an Aoki hammerlock. The 31-year-old returned to competition in
August of last year, capturing the Deep lightweight title from Katsunori
Kikuno before defending the belt successfully on Feb. 18 against Seichi
One of Canada’s most promising talents, Mein had a six-fight
winning streak derailed by Woodley in his most recent outing on Jan.7, falling
to the former NCAA Division I wrestling All-American via unanimous decision.
“Young Gun” owns 20 of his 24 career wins by either knockout or submission and
holds notable wins over Evangelista
Zaromskis and Josh Burkman, among
Like his foe, Stinson also had a winning streak snapped in his
last outing, as “The Evolution” dropped a split decision to Team Quest rep Tarec
Saffiedine in January. Prior to that loss, the 26-year-old had won four
straight fights, including a 15-second knockout of Eduardo Pamplona
in his Strikeforce debut this past July.
Known as “The Kansas City
Bandit,” High has racked up six consecutive wins since his one-fight UFC stint
ended in a unanimous decision defeat to Charlie
Brenneman. The 30-year-old competed thrice in 2011, topping Quinn Mulhern in
June before outpointing Todd Moore in his
last in-cage appearance this past September at Challengers 19.
won eight of his 10 pro outings but has not competed since knocking out Nathan Coy in January
2011. Prior to that win, Moore had split his first two trips to the Strikeforce
cage, finishing Louis Taylor in his
2009 debut before falling by knockout to Saffiedine the following year.