Shane Del Rosario has become yet another Strikeforce heavyweight to make the move to the UFC. No date or opponent has been set but he will likely fight in the coming months. Del Rosario’s last fight was an armbar victory in February over Lavar Johnson. After that win, Del Rosario was a victim of a serious car accident that left him with herniated discs in his back. Only recently has he started feeling 100% and began training rigorously again.
Fabricio Werdum and Johnson will join Del Rosario and in the UFC and will compete soon. Werdum will fight Roy Nelson at UFC 143 February 5th in Las Vegas and Johnson will face Joey Beltran at UFC on FOX 2 January 28th in Chicago.
Chad Griggs has also been added to the UFC roster and will make his debut against Travis Browne at UFC 145. In 2011, the firefighter stopped Bobby Lashley, Gian Villante and Valentijn Overeem in Strikeforce.
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is waiting on his call to rejoin the premiere promotion but so far no news has broke on his return to the big show.
All of this news comes on the heels of the announcement of Strikeforce’s new deal with Showtime and that the heavyweight division will be disbanded following two final bouts. The winner of the Heavyweight Grand Prix final between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will fight one last fight in Strikeforce against an unnamed opponent. It seems likely that a UFC heavyweight will come over for that final Strikeforce heavyweight tilt.