An intriguing welterweight scrap in the form of Marius Zaromskis and Mr. "Cyborg" Santos is in the works for Strikeforce: "Los Angeles." MMA Fighting yesterday reported the match up, which is set to take place from the Nokia Theatre on June 16.
Zaromskis (13-4), who fights out of London Shootfighters, captured the DREAM welterweight belt after emerging as the surprise winner of the promotion's welterweight tournament last July. "The Whitemare" made his Strikeforce and USA debut in January at Strikeforce: "Miami" against Nick Diaz.
Vying for the promotion's vacant welterweight title, he succumbed to the Cesar Gracie pupil via first-round TKO.
Prior to signing a multi-fight agreement with Strikeforce last October, Zaromskis was coming off a first round mutilation of Myeon Ho Bae at DREAM 12 in the promotion's first ever event to feature a cage instead of the traditional ring.
It was the third consecutive time the Lithuanian won a fight with a head kick in the opening round. He also clowned Jason High and the heavily-favored Hayoto Sakurai to finish his stellar run in the July 20 conclusion to the DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix.
Evangelista, husband of Strikeforce's 145-pound champion Christiane "Cyborg" Santos, made his promotional debut last June in a defeat to Joey Villasenor.
The Chute Boxe fighter has dropped four of his last six bouts, but is coming off a win against Daniel Zarate at Samurai Fight Combat 2 last December. He'll be carrying a 17-13 pro mark into this bout with Zaromskis.
Confirmed for "Los Angeles" is a middleweight match up between Robbie Lawler and Renato "Babalu" Sobral. Heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley as well as lightweight KJ Noons are also expected to compete on the card against opponents yet to be determined.