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Event: Strikeforce Challengers 18: Gurgel vs Duarte

Date: Friday, July 22

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Venue: Palms Casino Resort

Broadcast: Showtime and Primetime (UK)

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Strikeforce brass officially announced the previously reported event, which features a lightweight contest between Jorge Gurgel (14-7 MMA, 2-2 SF) and Joe Duarte (9-2 MMA, 1-0 SF) and takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

On the August 12 event, Jorge Gurgel will be facing a new Strikeforce fighter. Although much younger in age than him, Joe Duarte is yet ready to return on the ring after finishing Saad Awad with an armbar submission. Joe Duarte (9-2) joined the Ultimate Fighter 8 before, however, UFC did not choose him at the end of the event.

Gurgel (14-7), who made his name with the UFC from 2006-2008, will be returning to action under the Zuffa umbrella with this fifth appearance for Strikeforce. Gurgel is 2-2 with Strikeforce, holding wins over Conor Heun and Billy Vaughan and losses to Billy Evangelista and K.J. Noons.

Jorge Gurgel vs Joe Duarte:

It's not a huge secret where each fighter wants this one to go. Gurgel will look to shoot and take the fight to the canvas as soon as he sees an opening. Duarte is no stiff on the ground, but he will have a clear preference to stand and trade.

Gurgel is more experienced. Duarte is younger and probably has a bigger upside at this point in his career. A win for Gurgel could mean the beginning of a climb back to the big show. A win for Duarte would mean that his last four wins were for real and that mixed martial arts (MMA) fans need to take him seriously.

For me, it's a toss up. I think the opening round will be hugely indicative of how things will play out. If Gurgel tries to stand in the middle and bang, he probably will get knocked out. If Duarte is not cautious and wades into Gurgel's guard, he may get submitted.

Danillo Villefort vs Nate James:

The problem is that timing is just not in his favor in this fight. Villefort is on a tear, and it doesn't look like he's stopping anytime soon. I'm not making crazy "Anderson Silva" predictions, but this guy is a force to be reckoned with in the Strikeforce middleweight division.

Both guys have had a decent amount of decisions. James has a lot of heart, so it's hard for me to say I think he'll get finished.

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Challengers 18 Main Card:Strikeforce-Gurgel-vs-Duarte-Gambling-Odds

Joe Duarte vs Jorge Gurgel

Nate James vs Danillo Villefort

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Roy Jones vs Derrick Mehmen

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