http://mmajunkie.com/news/18892/bri...-yamamoto-added-to-strikeforces-may-event.mmaStrikeforce today announced a trio of high-profile bouts for its upcoming "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" event, as Antwain Britt vs. Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante completes the evening's five-fight main card, while Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro and Federico Lopez vs. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto were announced for the evening's preliminary action.
Featuring a heavyweight title fight between current champion Alistair Overeem and challenger Brett Rogers, "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" takes place May 15 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
The main card airs on Showtime.
Meanwhile, Britt (11-3 MMA, 1-0 SF) displayed a set of heavy hands throughout his three-year career. "The Juggernaut's" 2009 highlights include an eight-second knockout of UFC veteran Antonio Mendes at "Shine Fights: Genesis," as well as a first-round victory over striker Scott Lighty at December's "Strikeforce: Evolution" event.
Cavalcante (8-2 MMA, 1-1 SF) fought most recently in a second-round submission win over Aaron Rosa at Strikeforce Challengers 5 this past November. The former EliteXC contender suffered a disappointing loss to Mike Kyle on the preliminary card of June 2009's "Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields" in his debut for the promotion. The loss was just the second of the Brazilian's four-year career. All eight of his career wins have come via stoppage.
Beerbohm (13-0 MMA, 2-0 SF) first fought for Strikeforce in early 2008 and submitted Ray Perales at "Strikeforce: At The Dome." He returned to the organization in June 2009, was pitted against UFC vet Duane Ludwig, predicted a finish via bulldog choke, and then promptly secured the submission in the first round of the fight. After recently signing a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, "Fancy Pants" then took a fight outside the promotion and scored a TKO victory over Josh Martin at a September 2009 Arena Rumble event.
Meanwhile, Ribeiro (20-3 MMA, 0-0 SF), who turned pro in 2001, launched his career with an impressive 19-1 record and formerly held Cage Rage's 155-pound title. The lone loss came to Tatsuya Kawajiri in 2004, though Ribeiro had already beaten "Crusher" at a different Shooto event two years earlier. The 30-year-old's only career losses have come to Kawajiri, Gesias "GZ" Calvancante and (in his most recent bout) Shinya Aoki. All are or have been ranked among the lightweight division's very best fighters.
Lopez (4-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) makes his Strikeforce debut despite suffering back-to-back losses in his previous two outings. The Team Quest fighter opened his career in 2008 with four-straight wins, including three-straight knockout finishes, but he has since suffered a pair of losses. His most recent outing was a 12-second loss to Chucky Mady this past December.
Yamamoto (17-3 MMA, 0-0 SF) also makes his Strikeforce debut on the heels of two-straight losses. "Kid" has suffered decision losses to Masanori Kanehara and Joe Warren in his previous two outings, both contested after returning from from a 17-month layoff due to injuries. Prior to his recent struggles, Yamamoto was widely considered one of the top featherweights in the world.
With the additions to the card, "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" now includes:
Champ Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers (for heavyweight title)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva
Ronaldo "Souza" Jacare vs. Joey Villasenor
Roger Gracie vs. Kevin Randleman
Antwain Britt vs. Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
Justin DeMoney vs. Jesse Finney
Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Federico Lopez
Lee Brousseau vs. Fransisco "Kiko" France
Mike Chandler vs. Sal Woods
Pat Benson vs. Erik Steenberg
Tom Aaron vs. Matt Ricehouse
Darryl Cobb vs. Booker DeRousse
I would like to see Riberio and Yamamoto move up on to the main card...I guess that they are not well known to casual US fans. I live in STL and think I have some tickets lined up. I am excited about some of the undercards, a few local guys I have seen fight before. I really thought Tyrone Woodley would be on this card...he is from STL and is a top Strikeforce prospect.