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By David Tees on 7/28/2011 12:24 PM
One of the most highly anticipated fights in Strikeforce history takes place on Saturday Night as Fedor Emelianenko clashes with Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson. However, before that big main event takes place, five preliminary card fights will kick off the evening. These fights feature a top ranked lightweight competitor and an important fight in the women’s welterweight division.

Kicking off the action is a heavyweight division affair as Bryan Humes (6-1-0) is set to face Gabriel Salinas-Jones (4-0-0). Bryan Humes is coming off of the first loss of his career, which was to UFC veteran Paul Buentello at Shark Fights 11. Gabriel Salinas-Jones is an undefeated fighter who holds a victory over recent Bellator competitor Zak Jensen. This fight should give the winner a bigger opportunity in Strikeforce and that opportunity will go to Gabriel Salinas-Jones.

The next fight will be taking place in the middleweight division as Derek Brunson (7-0-0) squares off against Lumumba Sayers (4-1-0). Derek Brunson is currently undefeated in Strikeforce competition, having defeated Jeremy Hamilton at Strikeforce Challengers 16. Lumumba Sayers enters the fight riding a two fight winning streak, most recently winning at the Full Force Fighting debut event. The majority of this fight should be fought on the ground and it will be Derek Brunson picking up the victory.

Up next is a women’s welterweight division fight as Alexis Davis (9-4-0) will be across the cage from Julie “Fireball” Kedzie (16-8-0). Alexis Davis has rotated wins and losses in her last six fights, but does hold two victories over top ranked Tonya Evinger. Julie Kedzie enters the fight riding a four fight winning streak, with three victories coming in the Jackson’s MMA Series. The winner of this fight should be a top five contender for the Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Title and that person will be Julie Kedzie.

A pair of welterweights will step into the cage next as Eduardo Pamplona (15-2-0) faces Tyler “The Evolution” Stinson (20-7-0). Eduardo Pamplona enters the fight riding a ten fight winning streak, which includes a win over UFC veteran Edilberto De Oliveira. Tyler Stinson enters the fight riding a two fight winning streak, with his most recent win coming in the Bellator Fighting Championships. This is a fight between two fast rising prospects in MMA, but it will be Eduardo Pamplona getting a victory here.

Headlining this portion of the card is a lightweight division battle as Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (15-4-1) takes on Bobby “King” Green (15-4-0). Gesias Cavalcante has been on a pretty bad streak as of late, only winning one of his last six MMA fights. Bobby Green was recently signed by Strikeforce after having been competing primarily in the King Of The Cage promotion. This is an important fight in the lightweight division, but I see Gesias Cavalcante rebounding from his recent skid to get the win.

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