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Strikeforce: Bristol Marunde vs Jacare Souza booked for 'Tate vs Rousey' on March 3

IFL vet Bristol Marunde (above) is coming to Showtime.
IFL vet Bristol Marunde (above) is coming to Showtime.

Well, as it turns out, Derek Brunson is blind as a bat.

That could explain why he failed his medical exam prior to his Strikeforce fight against Ronaldo Souza at the upcoming "Tate vs. Rousey" event on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.

No worries.

While Brunson gets a laser shot into his eyes to keep himself in the good graces of future fight commissions, International Fight League (IFL) veteran Bristol Marunde will get a chance to dazzle fans at the Nationwide Arena as he answers the call of "Jacare."

Marunde is 9-1 over his last 10 fights and the winner of four straight, including a unanimous decision win over UFC veteran Jay Silva at Superior Cage Combat 3 last November.

The bad news is that two of his losses have come by way of triangle choke, which could be blood in the water for a grappling shark like Souza. Prior to coughing up his 185-pound title to Luke Rockhold last September, the Brazilian won four of his first five fights under the Strikeforce banner.

Here is the revised Strikeforce: "Tate vs. Rousey" fight card:

Main Event:

135 lbs.: Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey

Main card (Showtime):

155 lbs.: K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson
170 lbs.: Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki
185 lbs.: Ronaldo Souza vs. Bristol Marunde
185 lbs.: Scott Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers

Preliminary card (Showtime Extreme):

135 lbs.: Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
155 lbs.: Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy
155 lbs.: Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun
170 lbs.: Roger Bowling vs. Brandon Saling

For all the news and notes surrounding the Strikeforce: "Tate vs. Rousey" Showtime card check out our extensive news archive by clicking here.

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