Shamar Bailey has agreed to face Justin Wilcox on the televised portion of the Strikeforce Challengers 7 card on March 26 in Fresno, Calif., the promotion announced Friday.
Bailey replaces Bryan Travers, who was forced to pull out due to a shoulder injury. Bailey (10-1), on a four-fight win streak, made his Strikeforce debut last November in a decision win against John Koloschi on the undercard of Fedor vs. Rogers.
"I have a lot of respect for Justin," Bailey said. "I know he's been winning and I think we're both well-rounded fighters with a lot to prove. But I believe that when you have two fighters of equal ability going at it, the bigger guy holds the edge and he is a natural 155-pounder and I fight at 170."
Strikeforce Challengers 7 will be headlined by heavyweight Lavar "Big" Johnson against Lolohea Mahe.
Lavar "Big" Johnson vs. Lolohea Mahe
"Abongo" Humphrey vs. George Bush
Luke Stewart vs. Andre Galvao
Miesha Tate vs. Zoila Frausto
Shamar Bailey vs. Justin Wilcox