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WCL champion to make MMA debut at Strikeforce

Chuck Norris' World Combat League champion Raymond "The Real Deal" Daniels will make his mixed martial arts debut at this Friday's Strikeforce event in San Jose.

Daniels has drawn comparisons to Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le for his unblemished kickboxing record. But instead of San Shou, Daniels' background is in Karate.

"I still haven't had any challenges or anything like that so I decided to come over to MMA and see how good I really am," Daniels said of the move.

Daniels compiled a record of 18-0 in three seasons with the WCL. As captain, he led his Los Angeles Stars squad this season to a championship. Daniels capped off the season by knocking out his opponent with a spinning back kick.

Daniels will fight Jeremiah Metcalf (8-4), who will enter the middleweight contest with a three-fight winning streak.

A lightweight title bout between champion Gilbert Melendez and challenger Josh Thomson will headline the Strikeforce event from the HP Pavilion.

Strikeforce "Melendez vs. Thomson" Fight Card:

155 lbs. | Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson (Title Bout)
205 lbs. | Bobby Southworth vs. Anthony Ruiz (Title Bout)
178 lbs. | Joe Riggs vs. Luke Stewart
155 lbs. | Nam Phan vs. Billy Evangelista
150 lbs. | Elaina Maxwell vs. Miesha Tate
185 lbs. | Raymond Daniels vs. Jeremiah Metcalf

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