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Looks like we have a pick 'em in the Cristiane Santos vs. Hiroko Yamanaka 145-pound title fight, scheduled for the co-main event of Strikeforce: "Melendez vs. Masvidal" this Saturday night (Dec. 17, 2011) at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif., live via Showtime.
Santos hasn't been seen since eating Jan Finney's soul back in June 2010, when she threw a frightening 158 total bombs in the opening frame alone and finished with a total of 141 out of 236 total strikes (60-percent) including 63 "power strikes" and six knockdowns.
That's one strike every 3.3 seconds.
It should come as no surprise then, in light of four straight violent (T)KO finishes, that "Cyborg" is a slight favorite against Yamanaka at -900. Bet $900 to win $100.
What a bargain!
Yamanaka, to her credit, has been kicking the crap out of the Japanese fight scene under the Jewels banner, last submitting the unpronounceable Bolormaa Erdenebileg back in July of this year.
"Cat's Eye" will need more than just a feline's retina against the Brazilian bomb-dropper, she'll need all nine of its lives as well.
But at +550, anyone gonna throw a five-spot on this kid just for the hell of it?
"Melendez vs. Masvidal" will feature lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez putting his 155-pound belt on the line against a very dangerous, and hungry, Jorge Masvidal in the main event of the evening.
In addition, former Strikeforce light heavyweight and 2008 DREAM middleweight grand prix champion, Gegard Mousasi, will look to get back in the promotion's win column in more than one year when he takes on former University of Tennessee defensive standout Ovince St. Preux.