Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos knee injury forces him out against Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce Challengers

Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos recently sustained a knee injury in training that will force him out of his main event bout against Tim Kennedy, which was scheduled for the next Strikeforce Challengers event at the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 25.

Strikeforce Director of Communications, Mike Afromowitz, today confirmed the bad news, indicating that the search was on to find a suitable opponent to face the Army veteran in Santos’ place.

In his most recent appearance, Kennedy delivered a dominant performance, stopping Nick "The Goat" Thompson via second round technical knockout back in June. It was his second consecutive win since losing to Jason Miller via unanimous decision at HDNet Fights: "Reckless Abandon" in Dec. 2007.

Again, it’s unclear at this time who may step up; however, Kennedy feels that there are options … several of them.

Here’s a snip:

"Strikeforce has a whole bunch of guys in my weight class who I match up very well with. They pretty much have control of the whole 185 pound division barring two exceptions that are in UFC. I want to fight all of these guys and put on a good show for Showtime and Strikeforce."

Strikeforce Challengers is a proving ground for up-and-coming MMA fighters. The series is designed to provide today’s top prospects with the opportunity to step-up their level of competition and demonstrate their ability in a nationally televised event.

This event is slated to begin on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET (tape delayed on the west coast) on fight night.

Stay dialed-in to MMAmania.com for more on Strikeforce Challengers and this developing story.

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