In what could possibly be a fight for the year candidate, at least in terms of being a fast-paced, violent affair, Strikeforce welterweight Evangelista Santos has called out Paul Daley in hopes of an in-ring meeting later this year. Like Daley, “Cyborg” has a reputation for an aggressive style coupled with knockout power.

Though the Brazilian has been sidelined since this past September he is once again healthy and ready to return to the cage, a fact he made clear in a recent interview where he mentioned a potential dance with Daley.

“It would make me happy fighting him. He would be a good opponent. I owe this fight to the fans,” said Santos to TATAME.

“I’m 34 years old and I started fighting when I was 18, I never stopped, so there comes a times your healing process is not that fast anymore,” explained Santos of his recent absence from competition, alluding to the notion his fights could be numbered at this stage in his career by pointing at the importance of his next fight.

Santos is coming off consecutive losses to Jordan Mein and Nick Diaz but had won two in a row prior including a knockout of Marius Zaromskis. Daley also came up short in his last bout, falling on the scorecards to Kazuo Misaki, meaning both men would likely come out swinging were they to meet given the necessity of scoring an impressive victory.


MMATraining Take: This would undoubtedly be a fun fight and it makes sense divisionally too. Strikeforce needs to make entertaining bouts so why not put together a pair of guys with an incredible knockout essentially guaranteed?