9 Fights Set for Strikeforce ‘Overeem vs. Werdum’

By Mike Whitman May 26, 2011
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (right) will battle Justin Wilcox on June 18. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

The fight card for Strikeforce's first trip to Dallas continues to come together, as nine bouts are now official for “Overeem vs. Werdum.”

A pair of lightweight scraps was most recently added to the event's undercard, as Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante meets Justin Wilcox while Conor Heun faces Magno Almeida.

Headlined by the titular heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal between reigning Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem and former Pride Fighting Championships rival Fabricio Werdum, the event goes down June 18 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The evening's main draw, which will be broadcast on Showtime, will also feature a heavyweight quarterfinal bout between Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers. Additionally, Gina Carano will make her return to the cage at the event against Sarah D'Alelio in a 145-pound contest. Rounding out the main card is another pair of intriguing heavyweight tilts, as Daniel Cormier meets Jeff Monson and Valentijn Overeem faces Chad Griggs.

The undercard will also feature plenty of talent, as K.J. Noons takes on Jorge Masvidal for a shot at Gilbert Melendez's lightweight title. Also showcased will be a women's 135-pound affair, as Amanda Nunes squares off with Julie Kedzie.

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