Update: Saffiedine-‘Cyborg’ Now Unlikely for ‘Feijao vs. Henderson’
By: Mike Whitman Feb 3, 2011
A welterweight scrap between up-and-comer Tarec
Saffiedine and recent title challenger Evangelista
“Cyborg” Santos (Pictured), which was reportedly being targeted
for Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” on March 5, now appears
After multiple sources close to the negotiations confirmed the
rumored contest to Sherdog.com, new information gathered Thursday
suggests the bout will not take place after all.
The event, which will be headlined by the light heavyweight title
affair between champion Rafael
“Feijao” Cavalcante and challenger Dan
Henderson, will go down from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus,
Ohio, and will coincide with the Arnold Classic.
Saffiedine was last seen dropping a hard-fought unanimous decision
to fellow prospect Tyron
Woodley in the main event of Strikeforce Challengers 13 on Jan.
7. Prior to his loss to Woodley, “Sponge” had earned three straight
victories. The Team Quest product is a veteran of both Dream and
Shark Fights and owns a 2-1 record inside the Strikeforce cage.
Saffiedine owns half of his 10 career victories by submission.
A product of the vaunted Chute Boxe camp, Santos just contended for
the welterweight title on Jan. 29, losing by second-round
submission to cagey champion Nick Diaz.
Though “Cyborg” controlled the early going with powerful kicks to
the lead leg of the Cesar
Gracie product, Diaz’s accurate boxing proved equally
effective. After taking the fight to the floor in round two, Santos
was caught in an armbar and submitted with only 10 seconds
remaining in the round. Fighting the majority of his career at
heavier weights, his title shot against Diaz marked Santos’ second
career fight at 170 pounds.