The card for the next Strikeforce show, coming up on the 29th, is packed with candidates for the “Submission of the Night” award.
In the main event, Gilbert Melendez will be carrying the flag of his Jiu-Jitsu teacher Cesar Gracie. In the female fight, Cat Zingano and Amanda Nunes will lock horns to see who’s got more grappling, skill and technique.
The rest of the card is also studded with stalwart fighters: Guto Inocente, Jorge Gurgel, Jorge Santiago… Predicting the Jiu-Jitsu black belt to make the most noise is a tough pick.
Among them, one gentle-art whiz will be making his promotional debut after a lengthy career.
With 23 wins in 29 fights, Amazonas State native Adriano Martins will be making his Strikeforce debut in Sacramento, California, after years of gi-clad combat at the Tijuca Tennis Club, as well as MMA action in his native Brazil at events like Jungle Fight.
The biggest name out of Top Life team, Adriano will be taking on Isaac Vallie-Flagg to prove the training in the equatorial heat of his home is all he needs. “I don’t need to be abroad going through a rough time, because I know our state can help me, backing not just me but other athletes from these parts,” he told our contributor Arthur Castro. Adriano is sponsored by a number of big companies from the state of Amazonas.
Adriano sealed a four-fight deal with Strikeforce, of which this fight against Isaac – an American with 13 wins in 17 fights, as well as a split decision win over Gesias Cavalcante – is the first.
The Brazilian and his team will be taking off for the United States this Saturday. There, he will go through the final process of shedding weight. “That’s the toughest part, because I have to lose 16 kg [35 lbs] to make 70 one day before the show. To achieve success in my international career I’m modeling myself on renowned fighters from my homeland like José Aldo, Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort,” he said.
The show will also feature a lightweight title fight, with Gilbert Melendez defending his crown against Pat Healy.
Now Cat Zingano is also being touted as one of the big stars of the night.
“She’s got tons of talent, and now she’s arriving at Strikeforce to test herself against the best. With a solid wrestling career and her own Jiu-Jitsu school in Colorado, she’s a complete fighter who’s a threat to all the competition at bantamweight,” promotional president Scott Coker told the MMAJunkie.com website.
Check out some of her skills in the video below, where she teaches how to get the takedown, block the double-leg, counter-attack and take the back, to again get the takedown.
Strikeforce – Melendez vs Healy
Sacramento, Califórnia, EUA
29 de setembro de 2012
Gilbert Melendez vs Pat Healy
Josh Thomson vs Caros Fodor
Gian Villante vs Guto Inocente
Adriano Martins vs Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Quinn Mulhern vs Jorge Santiago
Mike Kyle vs Dion Staring
Jorge Gurgel vs Mizuto Hirota
Nah-Shon Burrell vs Yuri Villefort
Amanda Nunes vs Cat Zingano
Estevan Payan vs Michael Bravo