Pat Healy Replaces Josh Thomson, Faces Blanco

Healy gets chance on big Showtime telecast

Pat Healy will replace the injured Josh Thomson and face promotional newcomer Maximo Blanco at “Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov.”

Promotion officials announced the replacement overnight. Blanco vs. Healy will take place on the Showtime-televised card.

The event takes place Sept. 10 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

Blanco, the former King of Pancrase, is currently in the midst of a six-fight win streak, while Healy scored his most recent win over Eric Wisely at Strikeforce Challengers 18. It was his fifth win in six fights.


Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Daniel Cormier vs. Antonio Silva
Ronaldo Souza vs. Luke Rockhold (middleweight title)
Roger Gracie vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal
Maximo Blanco vs. Pat Healy


Mike Kyle vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero
Jordan Mein vs. Evangelista Santos
Alexis Davis vs. Amanda Nunes