The mass exodus of Strikeforce heavyweights has added another member, as it appears 11-0 Shane del Rosario will be taking his talents to the Octagon at some point in the near future. Though his signing has not been confirmed by the UFC his manager went online to reveal the news.

Del Rosario is unbeaten with eleven stoppages in eleven fights including ten finishes in the opening round of action. He was widely considered to be one of the brightest heavyweight prospects in MMA at the start of 2011 but saw his career put on hold after sustaining serious injuries in a car accident. His most recent win came in February against Lavar Johnson.

The 28-year old joins Chad Griggs, Fabricio Werdum, and Alistair Overeem on the list of respected “big boys” crossing over from the now-defunct Strikeforce heavyweight division.

No word was given on when he might make his UFC debut.


MMATraining Take: I felt Del Rosario was a “must have” as far as relatively young talent so I’m glad to see the UFC agreed. If he hadn’t been injured he very well have been in the position Daniel Cormier is as far as the hype of being a Grand Prix finalist. Del Rosario is well-rounded and obviously knows how to put opponents away. Hopefully he’ll come back as strong as he was before the wreck.