Sunday, 22 May 2011

Amanda Nunes vs. Julie Kedzie booked for June 18 Strikeforce "Overeem vs. Werdum" event

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

There's one clear change already being made for Strikeforce cards now that Zuffa is in control of the ship, and that's the booking of preliminary card fights for their events with contracted talent instead of with a local booker.

The organization announced on Friday another bout for next month's Strikeforce "Overeem vs. Werdum" event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, as Julie Kedzie and Amanda Nunes will faceoff on the card.

Kedzie makes her Strikeforce debut riding a four fight winning streak, most recently defeating Kaitlin Young in April to win the Jackson's MMA Series Women's Bantamweight Championship. The seven-year veteran is perhaps best known for her EliteXC loss to Gina Carano, but she has posted an 8-2 record in ten fights since that loss.

22-year-old Brazilian Nunes enters her second fight in Strikeforce on a six fight win streak since losing her professional debut. In her Strikeforce debut in January, she blasted through Julia Budd, knocking her out in 14 seconds.

Strikeforce "Overeem vs. Werdum" takes place on June 18, airing live on Showtime and headlined by the heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.

Penick's Analysis: They are really stacking this card for Strikeforce, and I'd assume we'll be seeing a number of fights on Facebook from the event with what they are booking. It's a good thing for the fighters under contract with Strikeforce, as it means they'll get booked a lot more often, and it's going to make these cards more interesting and more stacked overall. This fight itself should be an entertaining one, as Nunes was highly impressive in her win over Budd and has stopped all of the opponents she's beaten, and Kedzie is a tough veteran challenge for her.


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