Streaking welterweight prospect Jordan Mein will make his Strikeforce debut at the organization's September 10 event against seasoned veteran Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, of which a date and venue have yet to be announced.
Strikeforce officially announced the event and matchup this afternoon on Twitter, also confirming a trio of previously rumored bouts for the card, including Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza's next title defense against American Kickboxing Academy product Luke Rockhold.
In addition, former Strikeforce lightweight title holder Josh Thomson will welcome newcomer Maximo Blanco and former light heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal will return to action for the first time in over a year to take on Roger Gracie.
Mein enters Strikeforce on an impressive five-fight win streak, which includes victories over Joe Riggs, Marius Zaromskis and Josh Burkman, while Santos will fight for the first time since a failed Strikeforce welterweight title bid to then champion Nick Diaz in January.
Souza will make the second defense of his middleweight crown against Rockhold, who in somewhat odd fashion for a title challenger, has not fought since February 2010. "Jacare" last defeated Robbie Lawler in January, submitting him with a third-round rear-naked-choke.
Lawal also returns to the cage after an extended layoff due to a variety of injuries. He has not competed since suffering his first professional loss and his Strikeforce light heavyweight title to one-time champion Rafael "Fejiao" Cavalcante. Meanwhile his opponent, Gracie, has racked up two consecutive wins under the Strikeforce banner, submitting both Kevin Randleman and Trevor Prangley with his world-renowned ground skills.
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