Next Strikeforce Challengers Card Is Set
JORGE GURGEL vs. JOE DUARTE
PAT HEALY vs. ERIC WISELY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
THE PEARL AT THE PALMS CASINO RESORT
LAS VEGAS, NEV.
Live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on West Coast)
Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialists Jorge Gurgel (15-5) and Joe “Hybrid” Duarte (9-2) are scheduled to meet in a much-anticipated lightweight matchup in a battle of grapplers when STRIKEFORCE makes its return trip to the Palms next Friday. On August 12, STRIKEFORCE® Challengers presents its second event from inside the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
STRIKEFORCE Challengers will also feature a lightweight bout between Pat “Bam Bam” Healy (26-10) and Eric “Little Lee” Wisely (17-5). The full fight card is as follows:
Jorge Gurgel vs. Joe Duarte
Danillo Villefort vs. Nate James
Pat Healy vs. Eric Wisely
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah D’Alelio
Roy Jones vs. Derrick Mehmen
Gian Villante vs. Keith Berry
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Lukasz Lez
Mike Bronzoulis vs. Chad Leonhardt
Sterling Ford vs. Milton Viera
“I’m so excited to be headlining this STRIKEFORCE Challengers card in Las Vegas, the home of MMA. Everybody knows that when I fight, I bring it every time. This is going to be a fight that every fan goes home happy about and remembers for a very very long time,” said STRIKEFORCE lightweight Jorge Gurgel.
“This is the most excited I’ve ever been for a fight. When I found out about the matchup with Gurgel, I couldn’t say “no”, and when I found out that it was in Vegas it just made it that much better. Jorge is a guy that’s been around for a long time and I respect him for what he’s done for the sport. He doesn’t put on boring fights and neither do I, so the fans at the Palms can expect a great show from two of the best on August 12,” added Gurgel’s opponent Joe Duarte.
Coming off a 44-second round one submission victory this past March, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel is looking to once again show MMA fans that he’s a force in the lightweight division. The four-fight STRIKEFORCE veteran and former two-time UFC fight of the night winner, who currently trains at his JG MMA Academy in West Chester, Ohio, is more than ready for August 12 when he meets the always dangerous Joe Duarte. Originally from Dededo, Guam, the current Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt enlisted in the U.S. Army during the early years of his amateur MMA and boxing career. Following two tours of duty in Iraq, Duarte decided to turn pro in MMA and is currently riding a four-fight win streak, including a submission win over Saad Awad at STRIKEFORCE: Diaz vs. Daley in April.
Currently fighting for Team Quest in Portland, Ore., former UFC and WEC veteran, Pat Healy, now makes his home in the STRIKEFORCE lightweight division. The St. Louis native holds notable wins over Paul Daley, Dan Hardy, Carlos Condit and Lyle Beerbohm to name a few. He’ll look to add another win when he meets Clinton, Iowa’s Eric Wisely. The Team Conquest product holds recent victories over Hermes Franca and Matt Veach and is hoping to leave the cage with his fifth straight win.
All bouts live and subject to change.