The eagerly anticipated Gina Carano-Cris Cyborg press conference and fan meet and greet session will be streamed live in its entirety, exclusively on STRIKEFORCEâ€™s official website, www.strikeforce.com, from New York Cityâ€™s Madison Square Garden this Tuesday, July 14, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.
The wildly popular and undefeated Carano (7-0) and her number one rival, Brazilian powerhouse Cyborg (7-1), will take center stage at the WaMu Theater at The Worldâ€™s Most Famous Arena one month before they face off in what is the most anticipated fight in the history of women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) and the first womenâ€™s fight to headline a major fight card also featuring men.
At stake in the Carano-Cyborg showdown at San Jose, Californiaâ€™s HP Pavilion on Saturday, August 15 will be the newly created STRIKEFORCE Womenâ€™s 145-Pound World Title.
The STRIKEFORCE: â€œCarano vs. Cyborgâ€ mega-event will feature three additional world championship bouts.
Joe â€œDieselâ€ Riggs (30-10) and Nick Diaz (20-7) will revisit their bitter rivalry that began three years ago in the UFC when they face off in the first welterweight (170 pounds) STRIKEFORCE championship fight in history.
World Heavyweight Champion Alistair â€œThe Demolition Manâ€ Overeem (29-11) will put his coveted title on the line and, at the same time, attempt to avenge a previous defeat when he squares off with old nemesis and two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Fabricio â€œVai Cavaloâ€ Werdum (11-4-1).
World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Josh â€œThe Punkâ€ Thomson (16-2) will defend his STRIKEFORCE crown against Gilbert â€œEl Ninoâ€ Melendez (15-2), the man whom Thomson dethroned by way of unanimous decision at HP Pavilion on June 27, 2008.