Top Strikeforce heavyweight prospect Shane del Rosario (10-0) squares off with the hard hitting Lavar Johnson (15-3) in a reserve bout for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva.
How do these guys stack up?
del Rosario: 26 years old, 6'4"
What have they done lately?
del Rosario: W Lolohea Mahe (TKO), W Brandon Cash (SUB), W Lloyd Marshbanks (TKO)
Johnson: W Virgil Zwicker (KO), W Lolohea Mahe (TKO), W Carl Seumanutafa (KO)
How did these guys get here?
Shane del Rosario is undefeated in his professional career including five wins in the Strikeforce cage. After fighting four times in 2009 he only fought once in 2010, a first round TKO of Lolohea Mahe. del Rosario has a solid muay thai background which has resulted in 8 wins by KO or TKO in his career. Only one man has been able to get Shane out of the first round (Carl Seumanutafa) and he was submitted early in the second round.
Lavar "Big" Johnson made his pro debut in the WEC, being stopped after the first round by eventual WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall. Johnson continued fighting in the WEC (and other promotions) until 2006 when he suffered a loss via knee injury. At that point he had built up an 8-2 record. Johnson has won seven straight fights coming into Saturday night and, like del Rosario, has never had a fight make it to the judges' scorecards. Also of note, Johnson was shot during a 4th of July family gathering in 2009 when a group of teens randomly fired at the gathering. Since returning from the gunshot he is 2-0.
Why should you care?
Two heavyweights who are willing to engage on the feet and have a combined 28 fights without ever going to the judges. It's no stretch to say that someone is getting knocked out.