Vera to Strikeforce, Women’s Tourneys Pushed to 2010
Vera has agreed to a four-fight deal with Strikeforce that will
see the wife of UFC light heavyweight Brandon join the promotion’s
135-pound women’s division.
Vera is expected to make her Strikeforce debut sometime in
November, said her trainer, Eric DelFierro. No opponent or date has
Strikeforce will hold a Challengers event on Nov. 6 in Fresno,
Calif., and has yet to announce another November event to be
headlined by Fedor
Emelianenko vs. Brett
Vera, 27, made her mixed martial arts debut for Bellator Fighting
Championships last May in Chicago, and earned praise for her
unanimous decision over Leslie
Smith in a gripping slugfest.
She was also the winner of the 2007 season of “Fight Girls,” an
Oxygen channel reality series that documented 10 female muay Thai
fighters through an elimination competition that culminated in
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker informed Sherdog.com Friday that the
promotion has also pushed back plans to host two eight-woman
tournaments –- at 135 and 145 pounds –- until early 2010.
DelFierro said Vera, who trains alongside her husband at the
Alliance training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., would consider
entering the 135-pound bracket, if invited.
“It all depends on the timeline,” he said. “She’s still developing
as a fighter and we’d like to see her get two or three fights
before we consider the tournament. We don’t know who’s in the
tournament yet, so we’ll look at that when we know more.”
Strikeforce’s 135-pound female ranks include Meisha Tate, Hitomi
Baszler, and undefeated Canadian ace Sarah
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