Strikeforce’s Shane Del Rosario ready to test himself in big-show opportunities

By John Morgan

Shane Del Rosario is pretty happy right about now that he didn’t skip fighting to study psychology in grad school. His once-skeptical parents can breathe a little easier, too.

He’s in the big show.

Rosario (11-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) earned that distinction this past Saturday with a first-round submission over Lavar Johnson (15-4 MMA, 3-0 SF) at “Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva.” The win also put him in line to step in to the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix as an alternate should one of its six remaining competitors be unable to compete.

But Rosario said the second distinction is not as important as the first.

“This year I definitely want to try and get four or five more fights,” he told Radio ( “Even if I’m not in that tournament. I really don’t care. I just want to get some work so that next year I can earn a spot in the tournament to start off, and not be an alternate.”

Until recently, work was in short supply for Rosario. Several fights fell through on injuries and scheduling problems, and he ended up fighting just once in 2010 – a first-round TKO victory over Lolohea Mahe at Strikeforce Challengers 9. It’s no secret that the pay and sponsorship opportunities available to those on the Challengers’ circuit are not on par with the major events filled with big-name talent.

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