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Evangelista Cyborg Santos out of Strikeforce fight with Joey Villasenor on March 29

evangelista cyborg santosEvangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-11) has been scratched from the Strikeforce: 'Shamrock vs. Cung Le' show slated for March 29 in San Jose, Calif., at the HP Pavillion, according to

The Chute Box-trained fighter was scheduled to meet Joey Villasenor (24-6) in a middleweight fight, but is apparently having issues with his visa and won't make it to the states in time to be ready for the fight.

No replacement has been announced to take on Villasenor at this time.

Here's a snip from Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz:

"He has been having visa problems in Brazil. The delay in his arrival would jeopardize him getting licensed in time for the fight. There are a few guys that we are considering, but we're still looking to finalize a replacement."

This fight was one of five scheduled to be aired by Showtime. The main event between Frank Shamrock and Cung Le, the co main event Jake Shields and Drew Fickett, Gilbert Melendez and Gabe Lemley, and Nick Diaz vs. Jae Suk Lim are the other four.

It's unknown whether a replacement fighter will keep this fight strong enough to stay on the main card or if Strikeforce and EliteXC will have to promote one of the under card matches to the main stage.

Perhaps the Luke Stewart and Tiki Ghosn fight will be aired instead.

We'll let you know if and when a replacement is named and a decision on which fight will be aired is reached.

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