Strikeforce® Challengers Returns To

The Palms Casino In Las Vegas On August 12

Jorge Gurgel And Joe Duarte Headline In Lightweight Matchup

Plus: Pat Healy vs. Eric Wisely


Live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on West Coast) 

Tickets On Sale This Saturday


August 12, 2011

The Pearl At The Palms Casino Resort

Las Vegas, Nevada



SAN JOSE, Calif. –Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialists Jorge Gurgel (15-5) and Joe “Hybrid” Duarte (9-2) will

collide in the main event of STRIKEFORCE® Challengers on Friday, Aug. 12, from the Pearl Concert

Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT

(delayed on the West Coast). The card will also feature a 155-pound contest between Pat “Bam Bam”

Healy (26-10) and Eric Wisely (17-5), plus an additional three televised fights that will be announced in the

weeks to come.


“I’m so excited to be headlining this STRIKEFORCE Challengers card in Las Vegas, the home of MMA,”

said Gurgel, a tested veteran who has also fought seven times in the UFC®.  “Everybody knows that when I

fight, I bring it every time. This is going to be a fight that every fan goes home happy about and remembers

for a very, very long time.”


“This is the most excited I’ve ever been for a fight,” Duarte, who has been to a decision only once in his

career, said. “When I found out about the matchup with Gurgel, I couldn’t say no, and when I found out that

it was in Vegas it just made it that much better. Jorge is a guy that’s been around for a long time and I

respect him for what he’s done for the sport. He doesn’t put on boring fights and neither do I, so the fans at

the Palms can expect a great show from two of the best on August 12.”


Tickets for STRIKEFORCE® Challengers, which is presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, are priced at $150,

$85 and $50 and go on sale Saturday, July 2 at 12 p.m. PT. Tickets will be available at the Pearl box office,

online at, all Ticketmaster locations, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices

do not include service charges.


UFC® Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Thursday, June 30

starting at 10 a.m. PT via A special internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC

newsletter subscribers and Strikeforce Insider subscribers on Friday, July 1 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To

access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through or the Strikeforce Insider



Coming off a 44-second submission victory this past March, Gurgel, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black, is looking to

once again show MMA fans that he’s a force in the lightweight division.  The four-fight STRIKEFORCE

veteran and former two-time UFC Fight of the Night winner, fighting out of West Chester, Ohio, is more than

ready for August 12 when he meets the always dangerous Duarte.


Originally from Dededo, Guam, and now fighting out of San Diego, Calif., Duarte is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown

belt who enlisted in the U.S. Army during the early years of his amateur MMA and boxing career.  Following

two tours of duty in Iraq, Duarte decided to turn pro in MMA and is currently riding a four-fight win streak,

including a submission win over Saad Awad at STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ vs. DALEY in April.


Former UFC and WEC veteran Healy, fighting out of Portland, Ore., now makes his home in the

STRIKEFORCE lightweight division.  The St. Louis native holds notable wins over Paul Daley, Dan Hardy,

Carlos Condit and Lyle Beerbohm to name a few.  He’ll look to add another win when he meets Clinton,

Iowa’s Wisely.  The Team Conquest product holds recent victories over Hermes Franca and Matt Veach

and is hoping to leave the cage with his fifth straight win.


For more information or the latest STRIKEFORCE news, visit All bouts live and

subject to change.



Owned and operated by Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the Ultimate Fighting

Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in San Jose,

Calif. that currently holds 16 live events annually across the United States. First established as a mixed

martial arts entity in 2006, STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on Showtime® Networks, Inc. and

has produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network. With a growing roster featuring the

world’s elite competitors, STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality mixed

martial arts action.


About Showtime Networks Inc.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the

premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex




THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between

SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced

sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to

subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®


About the Pearl

The Pearl is Las Vegas' premier concert theater boasting accommodations for up to 2,500 ticket holders.

Featuring a stage just four feet from the floor and the furthest seating area being a mere 120 feet from the

stage, The Pearl offers the utmost in intimate viewing of your favorite acts. Private and semi-private

skyboxes are located on each side of the venue offering private bars, lounges and restrooms. The Pearl is a

marvel of modern technology using only top quality sound and video equipment throughout. Hard wired to

The Studio at The Palms, The Pearl allows artists to create a cost-effective live album with efficiency and

without additional venue set-up. For more information, please visit



- Press Release from Showtime



Subject to change