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Strikeforce heavyweight prospect Shane del Rosario was scheduled to fight fellow prospect Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum in June. Word emerged yesterday that a car accident on April 14 forced del Rosario to pull out of the bout. Details have emerged, courtesy of MMA Junkie:
"He's having some serious physical difficulties," Oyama told MMAjunkie.com. "He's planning on [fighting again], but the injuries are serious enough to where it's kind of in question whether he can or not. We're hoping that he can. We'll know more in six months."
"Not sure if he can" and "we'll know more in six months" are not things you want to hear. If the injuries are serious enough, there's always the concern that del Rosario won't return at the same level, if at all.
Of course, the other driver involved in the accident was driving under the influence:
"He was at a complete stop," Oyama said. "This lady was drunk at 6 p.m. - I'm not sure how you're drunk at 6 p.m. - but she lost control of her car, smashed into him, and apparently tried to flee the scene. The cops chased her down and caught her."
The driver, Kimberly Essayian, was booked on charges of driving under the influence according to the Orange County Police Department.
Here's hoping del Rosario undergoes a swift recovery.