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Lorenz Larkin vs. Gian Villante Targeted for Strikeforce Challengers 16

Light heavyweight prospects Lorenz Larkin and Gian Villante have agreed to fight at Strikeforce Challengers 16, sources close to the fight confirmed with MMA Fighting.

While not officially announced by the organization, the event is expected to take place on June 24 in Kent, Wash.

Larkin (10-0) looked great in his Strikeforce debut in April, defeating Scott Lighty via second-round TKO. "The Monsoon" has won ten straight fights since making his MMA debut in August 2009, and only two of those ten fights have gone the distance.

Villante (7-2) dropped his Strikeforce debut to Chad Griggs in February. A former collegiate football player at Hofstra University, the 25-year-old New Yorker held the Ring of Combat heavyweight title before signing with Strikeforce.

Also scheduled to fight on Strikeforce Challenegrs 16 is lightweight prospect Ryan Couture (2-0). His opponent has yet to be signed.

The event will air on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/ PT.

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