The Strikeforce “Fedor vs. Henderson” card has taken another hit. Following Friday’s news that Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos injured his shoulder and withdrew from his fight with Paul Daley, comes word that Roger Gracie has sustained an injury as well and won’t be able to fight “King Mo” Lawal on the card. Instead of finding a replacement though, King Mo will be moved to Strikeforce’s September event. MMA Weekly says it’s possible the match-up can be retained if Gracie heals in time.
Inside MMA first reported Gracie’s withdraw and MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to the fight that the Brazilian is out of the July 30 contest will Lawal. MMAWeekly.com has also learned that Lawal’s return bout has been rescheduled for the fall season. At this time, there is no word on a replacement opponent for the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, but if Gracie’s injury heals in time, it is possible the two will still meet in September.
The move pushes King Mo’s layoff to 13 months. He last fought last August when Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante TKO’d him and took his title.
Jumping back to the Cyborg vs. Daley fight, Strikeforce has since announced that Tyron Woodley will step in for Santos to take on Daley in case you missed the update.
Update: MMA Weekly reports that King Mo vs. Roger Gracie has been rescheduled for Strikeforce’s September card.