Hunter Worsham, a member of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne and the son of early UFC veteran Cal Worsham, will face fellow Strikeforce middleweight newcomer Zach Underwood on the preliminary card of “Strikeforce: Nashville” on April 17, Strikeforce today announced.
The 26-year-old Worsham (5-1) ended a year-and-a-half layoff earlier this month, claiming the Gladiator Challenge light heavyweight title with a first-round submission of Phillip Brown to improve to 5-1. “The Future” previously won the promotion’s welterweight title with a unanimous decision in August 2008.
“It has all worked out for the best,’’ Worsham said in a release. “Everything I do, serving in the Army, fighting in MMA, is for my wife and our 16-month-old. It is definitely tough leaving them behind, but the upside, fighting on this STRIKEFORCE card, or any other, is all for them.”
Underwood (4-0), a Nashville resident, improved to 4-0 with a unanimous decision victory in February.
The Worsham-Underwood matchup is one of ten bouts scheduled for the CBS-televised event, which is headlined by middleweight champ Jake Shields vs. Dan Henderson and also features light heavyweight title-holder Gegard Mousasi vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki.
Pictured: Hunter Worsham