Photo courtesy of Hardcore Championship Fighting.
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos has reportedly been forced to pull out of his upcoming bout against Joey Villasenor at next weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” event due to visa problems that will prevent him from entering the country.
The news comes from MMA Weekly, who confirmed the news with Strikeforce vice president Mike Afromowitz.
“He has been having visa problems in Brazil,” Afromowitz told Ken Pishna. “The delay in his arrival would jeopardize him getting licensed in time for the fight. There are a few guys that we are considering, but we’re still looking to finalize a replacement.”
Santos was victorious at World Victory Road’s inaugural show earlier this month, submitting Makoto Takimoto with a heel hook. Santos was set to replace an an injured Joe Riggs, who was originally forced to bow out of the fight after sustaining a severe back injury in a February bout against Cory Devela.
The Chute Boxe product was also recently released by Edmonton-based Hardcore Championship Fighting, who were forced to terminate Santos’ contract after he signed to fight Takimoto just weeks before he was slated to former UFC middleweight title contender David Loiseau.
Former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and undefeated former kickboxer Cung Le will meet in an anticipated middleweight clash that will headline next weekend’s event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
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