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