TCD.net has learned of two matchups for the August 21 Strikeforce card (taking place here in Houston at the Toyota Center) that involve local Houston area fighters. Recent Houston transplant Adam Schindler will be squaring off against Bushi Banâ€™s Kierre Gooch. Schindler is coming of a stellar victory over a very tough Brian Melancon (Paradigm) at Bellator San Antonio; Gooche won his last fight by earning a controversial split decision against Kenny Burke (Westside MMA) at WGC in Pasadena.
When asked what went through his mind when he got the word that heâ€™d be on the card, Schindler commented, â€œI was really excited after doing Bellator last month because I didnâ€™t want to go backwards. The last couple of weeks have been a little crazy for me, so it was great news. He [Gooch] fought Daniel Pineda who I train with now, so that will help.â€
Gooch declined our request for a comment regarding the fights, stating he was too busy to be able to respond.
The other bout we have learned about features the # 1 and # 8 ranked pound for pound fighters in the city. Chad â€œRoboâ€ Robichaux (Gracie Barra The Woodlands), currently ranked #1 overall, will be squaring off against young phenom and 8th ranked Humberto Deleon (Bushi Ban) in a catch weight bout. Look for this fight to go to the ground quickly. Robo is a highly regarded BJJ Black belt who beat Lewis McKenzie back in November to earn the Legacy FC 135 title. Deleon has suffered a couple of losses after starting his pro career 5-1, but has won 18 of his 21 career fights (pro and amateur) via armbar.
â€œIâ€™m honored to be fighting someone of that caliber and Iâ€™m thankful for the opportunity,â€ Deleon said of his match-up with Robo.
Robo was set to make his national debut with Shine Fights back in April, only to see his fight fall though before the entire show was canceled. â€œI feel totally re-energized for this bout. I trained hard for Shine and when it fell through it was a bit discouraging. To be blessed with this opportunity to compete in an event such as StrikForce is a huge honor, especially in my city and against an opponent that I think very highly of. Iâ€™m very excited and will be working hard with my coaches Todd Moore, Jody Tranthom, Daniel Kim, Lewis Wood and Professor Draculino to represent Gracie Barra with the same level of skill and professionalism we always do. I plan to bring my same fast paced and dominating game plan that I always do, and I promise nothing short of an exciting fight. Look for this to be fight of the night.â€
Ragan McDaniel, of B3 Sports, manages both Chad Robo and Adam Schindler, and had this to say when asked how tough it was to get two of his fighters on the card, â€œ I really just stayed in contact with Strikeforce and tried to promote the guys consistently. Of course, having 2 premiere fighters that have great records and professional titles makes it easier.â€
It is worth noting that all 4 fighters have agreed to the fights, but will not be officially signing the contracts until after the press conference on Tuesday.