Sherdog.com has issued the following press release:
(PRESS RELEASE) — Leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) website Sherdog.com will stream two LIVE fights from the undercard of the world championship doubleheader at STRIKEFORCE: Houston on Saturday, Aug. 21, at Toyota Center in Houston, Tex. The live stream will begin at approximately 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Undefeated heavyweight and two-time United States Olympic Games wrestling team member Daniel Cormier (4-0) will attempt to make it five wins in a row when he faces hard-hitting Jason Riley (9-3) during the free undercard stream. Also streaming LIVE on Sherdog will be a welterweight bout between Brazilian Andre Galvao (4-1) and Houston’s Jorge Patino (20-12-1).
A former NCAA Division I national championship runner up at Oklahoma State University, Cormier has won three of his four fights via knockout. Cormier won his initial MMA and STRIKEFORCE start with a second-round TKO (punches) over Gary Frazier on Sept. 25 in Tulsa, Okla. He dominated John Devine in his second fight with a first-round knockout at a STRIKEFORCE: Challengers event on March 26 in Fresno, Calif., and followed that up with a first-round TKO of Lucas Browne on July 31. He is fresh off a 2:27, first-round submission (rear-naked choke) over Tony Johnson, Jr., on Aug. 13.
A heavyweight prospect who trains at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose., Cormier placed fourth in the 2004 Olympics in freestyle wrestling. He was named captain of the U.S. squad for the 2008 Olympics, but was unable to compete due to injury.
Riley, of Columbus, Ohio, has won seven of his fights via knockout and is coming off two knockout victories in the last two months. Far more experienced professionally than Cormier, Devine has been in the cage with MMA veteran Tim Silvia, who fought MMA legends Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Randy Couture and Andrei Arlovski.
Galvao, of Brasilia, Brazil, is coming off a split-decision victory over Luke Stewart at a STRIKEFORCE Challengers fight on March 26 in Fresno, Calif. Galvao, a submission specialist, will be tested by the experienced Patino, who has triumphed seven times by submission, more than Galvao’s fours wins and one loss combined. The Brazilian-born Patino has fought professionally since 1995 but will be in the cage for the first time in almost a year. Patino, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist who has been in a handful of epic battles, holds a notable 2003 win over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, who will fight for the vacant STRIKEFORCE Middleweight title in Houston.
Tickets for STRIKEFORCE: Houston are on sale at www.ToyotaCenterTix.com
You can watch the free Strikeforce stream here.
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