Numerous outlets are reporting that Shane del Rosario was involved in a car accident and will be unable to compete on Strikeforce’s upcoming “Overeem vs. Werdum” where he was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier in a heavyweight grand prix reserve match. Details of the accident are scarce, but it’s believed that Del Rosario’s injuries were severe enough to force him off the card.
It’s unknown if Cormier will remain on the card, but MMA Junkie is reporting that a lightweight bout between KJ Noons and Jorge Masvidal will likely take its place on the main card.
Update: MMA Fighting is reporting that Gina Carano has in fact agreed to face Sarah D’Alelio on the same card. The fight is considered all but official.
Update: MMA Junkie was able to get some details about Shane del Rosario’s car accident. Basically he was sitting at a stop light and got hit by a drunk driver. On top of the injuries, he’s also going to be involved in a lawsuit that my hinder him from getting back in the cage, according to his manager Colin Oyama.
“He’s having some serious physical difficulties,” Oyama told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “He’s planning on [fighting again], but the injuries are serious enough to where it’s kind of in question whether he can or not. We’re hoping that he can. We’ll know more in six months.”
“He was at a complete stop,” Oyama said. “This lady was drunk at 6 p.m. – I’m not sure how you’re drunk at 6 p.m. – but she lost control of her car, smashed into him, and apparently tried to flee the scene. The cops chased her down and caught her.”
“Obviously, he’s contacted an attorney, and he’s gone to some of the best specialists around, so we’ll see,” Oyama said. “Zuffa and Strikeforce have definitely helped with that. We’ll know more in a couple of months.
“He’s been trying to go to rehab as much as possible, but it’s difficult with the lawsuit in what you can and can’t do. Everything you do is affecting the lawsuit. People following him (and saying), ‘Oh, he’s not hurt, he can walk.’ It’s like, come on. Are you kidding me?”