The Strikeforce ‘Evolution’ event has been scheduled to take place at the HP Pavilion arena in San Jose, California. This December 19th event will headline Cung Le vs. Scott ‘Hands of Steel’ Smith while the co-main event is expected to feature a must-see battle between two of the best grapplers in the world. Olympic Silver medalist Matt Lindland returns to the cage to face Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza.
Le had given up his Strikeforce middleweight belt in order to pursue a movie career. He has finally agreed to put his acting skills to the side, agreeing to return to the cage to do what he loves best- mixed martial arts. His goal is to get passed Smith in order to get a step closer to Shields who recently acquired the title after a unanimous decision win over Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller. As for Smith, he is looking to bounce back strong after losing to Nick Diaz in June earlier this year.
Tickets for the Showtime-broadcast event, which will go head-to-head with Zuffa, LLC’s “WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff” event which go on sale next week. The Showtime event starts at just $30, are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on Friday, Nov. 13, at Ticketmaster.com.
Here’s how the Strikeforce ‘Evolution’ fight card is shaping up:
- Cung Le vs. Scott Smith
- Matt Lindland vs. Ronald “Jacare” Souza
- Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. TBA
- Robbie Lawler vs. TBA