The California-based Strikeforce promotion makes its first trip to Florida in January.
The organization today officially announced the first Showtime-broadcast event of 2010 will take place on Jan. 30 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
The card will feature female champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos and the MMA debut of former NCAA and NFL great Herschel Walker, though opponents for the duo were not announced.
Santos is expected to make her first title defense after defeating Gina Carano in August for Strikeforce’s first-ever female belt. The hard-hitting Brazilian has been inactive since the contest while recovering from a shoulder injury.
Santos is expected to meet Dutch fighter Marloes Coenen, who defeated Roxanne Modafferi on the preliminary card of Strikeforce and M-1 Global’s "Fedor vs. Rogers" event earlier this month. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAjunkie.com that the bout was considered a No. 1 contender matchup.
"It’s definitely a No. 1 contender’s (bout)," Coker told MMAjunkie.com. "Whoever wins this fight will fight Santos."
Meanwhile, Walker makes his professional debut at 47 years old. The former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time Pro Bowl running back signed with Strikeforce in September, and he is expected to train at California’s American Kickboxing Academy in preparation for the contest.
Walker is a longtime practitioner of traditional martial arts. The former football star is a sixth-degree black belt in tae kwon do who has also trained in Muay Thai and Kenpo karate.
BankAtlantic Center is perhaps most famous (or infamous) in MMA circles as the host venue for EliteXC’s ill-fated Oct. 2008 event, "Heat," where company star Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson was upset by last-minute replacement Seth Petruzelli.
Ticket information for the Jan. 30 event has not yet been released.
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