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Billy Vaughan Tapped to Face Jorge Gurgel This Saturday at Strikeforce

Jorge GurgelWhen Tyler Combs pulled out of his fight with Jorge Gurgel just five days before they were scheduled to meet at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson, the promotion was left in a bit of a bind.

But stepping in will be Columbus, Ohio-based fighter Billy Vaughan (9-6) to replace Combs on short notice. Strikeforce officials confirmed the new booking with MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

Vaughan has kicked around Ohio-based promotions for more than five years. He recently had a three-fight winning streak snapped with a submission loss to Donny Walker at a North American Allied Fight Series show in Cleveland. All 15 of Vaughan's pro fights have been finishes.

Gurgel (13-7, 1-2 Strikeforce) looks to snap a two-fight skid that includes a knockout loss to KJ Noons at Strikeforce: Houston in August. That fight was notable for a left hook by Noons after the first-round bell that dropped Gurgel. Though he was able to continue the fight, Noons finished him quickly in the second – and included a knee to the head that looked to be illegal, as well, as the ref was stopping the fight.

Gurgel, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who has lived in Ohio for years and trains many pro fighters in jiu-jitsu, is also a veteran of seven UFC fights.

Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson takes place Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio's capital city, and will be the promotion's debut in the state. The main card, headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and former Pride champion Dan Henderson, airs live on Showtime.