Scott Smith v. Cung Le 2 And Josh Thomson v. Pat Healy Set For Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum

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Scott Smith v. Cung Le 2 And Josh Thomson v. Pat Healy Set For Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum

From the official Strikeforce press release:

Can Scott "Hands Of Steel’’ Smith, aka "The Comeback Kid,’’ do it again?

On Saturday, June 26, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on SHOWTIME®, Smith will attempt to make it two consecutive victories over Cung Le in a middleweight (185 pounds) rematch of one of the most incredible Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) comeback victories of all-time.

The eagerly anticipated return bout between Smith (17-6), of Elk Grove, Calif., and Le (6-1), of San Jose, will take place on an already-stacked STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global fight card that features the world’s No. 1 heavyweight and pound-for-pound MMA fighter, Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko (31-1),against two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and top-ranked superstar Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum (13-4) in the main event.

The universally recognized No. 1 female fighter in MMA, Cris Cyborg will defend her STRIKEFORCE 145-pound belt against Jan Finney, marking the first time in history that both the No. 1 male and female fighters will compete on the same card.

In another featured fight, former STRIKEFORCE lightweight (155 pounds) champion Josh Thomson (16-3), of San Jose, will try and regain his winning ways against Pat "Bam Bam’’ Healy (23-15) of Portland, Ore. Thomson lost a five-round decision in his last start to Gilbert Melendez in one of the most wildly exciting, give-and-take slugfests of the year on Dec. 19, 2009, at HP Pavilion. Healy is coming off a well-deserved, unanimous three-round decision over Bryan Travers during a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event on May 21.

Smith's win over Le in their first bout was one of the best moments of the past few years.  Le had used his typical style of hard kicks to the head and body to dominate Smith until a last minute right hand bomb put Cung to sleep. It was the kind of dramatic action that has always defined the career of "Hands of Stone."

The addition of Thomson/Healy is a nice fight as well.  It should be won by the former champ in Thomson but Healy presents the correct kind of "get back on track" fight.  He's a challenge but not an impossible one.

The card really needs one more high level fight to round things out as Thomson/Healy should be an easy enough fight for Thomson to win while Cris Cyborg should have absolutely no trouble with Jan Finney.

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