A heavyweight championship bout between current title-holder Alistair Overeem and challenger Brett Rogers as well as a middleweight bout between Joey Villasenor and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos are the latest additions to Strikeforce’s June 6th event.
Since claiming the belt in late-2007 Overeem (29-11) has won three-straight bouts but has not yet defended the title. Rogers (9-0) earned the championship opportunity by winning all nine of his professional fights, including a victory over Abongo Humphrey earlier this month.
Villasenor (26-6), a King of the Cage, PRIDE, and EliteXC veteran, has not been in action since a May 2008 victory over Phil Baroni. Santos (16-12) has lost three of his last four fights, most recently falling to Siyar Bahadurzada due to injury at Sengoku 5 in September.
Both matchups are expected to be televised on the Showtime-broadcast main card.
Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields is scheduled to take place on June 6th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is headlined by Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields and is also slated to include Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith.