Del Rosario in Car Accident, Will Not Fight Cormier June 18
By: Mike Whitman May 6, 2011
Undefeated Strikeforce heavyweight Shane del
Rosario (Pictured; file photo) has withdrawn from his June 18
bout against Daniel
Cormier after being involved in a car accident.
Few details are known about the accident at this point, but
Sherdog.com confirmed with a source close to the situation that the
heavyweight will likely not compete at Strikeforce “Overeem vs.
Werdum” in Dallas. MMAJunkie.com first reported the news on
Though a lightweight bout between K.J. Noons and
Masvidal has been rumored to replace the scrapped heavyweight
tilt on the event’s main card, there has been no word from the
promotion regarding the fight.
Del Rosario was last seen running through fellow heavyweight
prospect Lavar Johnson
at Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Silva” in February. The Team
Oyama representative is a veteran of both EliteXC and M-1
competition and holds a perfect 3-0 record inside the Strikeforce
cage. Del Rosario, 27, has finished all 11 of his foes, earning
eight of those victories by knockout.
Like Del Rosario, Cormier has yet to taste defeat as a
professional. The current King of the Cage heavyweight titleholder
has racked up four wins in Strikeforce competition, most recently
outwrestling Devin Cole en
route to a unanimous decision victory at Strikeforce Challengers 13
in January. A former United States Olympian in freestyle wrestling,
Cormier has finished all but one of his opponents since beginning
his fighting career in 2009.