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Paul Daley paired with Tyron Woodley on July 30

ESPN staff
June 26, 2011
Paul Daley was troubled by Josh Koscheck's wrestling skills © Getty Images

Paul Daley's replacement opponent has been found following the withdrawal of Evangelista Cyborg Santos, and it is arguably an even more difficult challenge in the shape of Tyron Woodley.

Daley and Santos were supposed to appear as the co-main event on the July 30 Strikeforce card headlined by Dan Henderson v Fedor Emelianenko. However, a shoulder injury forced Santos off the Illinois card, leaving Daley's management team just a month to find a high calibre replacement.

Woodley, a man who boasts an undefeated 8-0 record, has stepped up to the plate, in what becomes a clash of arguably the two highest ranked welterweights in Strikeforce.

"[Tyron] Woodley and Paul Daley have verbally agreed to fight at the 7/30 fight in Chicago," read a tweet on Strikeforce's official account.

Daley was the last man to face vacating champion Nick Diaz, dropping him before losing in the dying embers of the first round. Woodley would have been Diaz's next challenge, had Diaz not switched to the UFC to fight Georges St-Pierre.

Unlike Santos, Woodley's 'A' game relies upon his wrestling, which is the one facet of the game that has given Daley problems in the past against the likes of Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields.

Strikeforce is yet to confirm if the bout will be for the vacant 170lb title.

One fight scratched from the card is BJJ wizard Roger Gracie v "King" Muhammed Lawal, after Gracie pulled out with a lingering injury.

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