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“Strikeforce – Challengers 6″ weigh-in results, photos, and quotes

Photo by Ester Lin/Strikeforce - Sarah Kaufman (left) and Takayo Hashi fight for the first-ever women's STRIKEFORCE 135-pound world championship in the main event tomorrow/Friday, Feb. 26, on STRIKEFORCE: Challengers on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Kaufman weighed 134 pounds; Hashi 132 Thursday.

SARAH KAUFMAN, TAKAYO HASHI, TREVOR PRANGLEY,
KARL AMOUSSOU, LUKE ROCKHOLD, PAUL BRADLEY
AND STRIKEFORCE: CHALLENGERS FIGHTERS
SELECTED FINAL QUOTES AND WEIGHTS

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010,
Hilton San Jose, San Jose, California

STRIKEFORCE: Challengers ON SHOWTIME®
Friday, Feb. 26, 2010; Telecast Begins at 11 p.m. ET/PT

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The 24 mixed martial arts fighters all made weight for the historic STRIKEFORCE: Challengers fight card tomorrow/Friday, Feb. 26 on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.

In the main event, unbeaten Sarah Kaufman (10-0) of Victoria, British Columbia and Takayo Hashi (12-1) of Tokyo, Japan, will collide in the first-ever STRIKEFORCE women’s world 135-pound (welterweight) championship. The eagerly awaited matchup is scheduled for five, 5-minute rounds.

Other fights on SHOWTIME (all slated for three, 5-minute rounds): Trevor Prangley (22-5) vs. Karl Amoussou (11-2-1) at 185 pounds; Luke Rockhold (6-1) vs. Paul Bradley (12-1) at 185 pounds; James Terry (7-1) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (7-2)  at 170 pounds; and Raul Castillo (6-0) vs. Yancy Medeiros (4-0) at 185 pounds.

Tickets for the first STRIKEFORCE Challengers event of 2010, priced from $30, are on sale at The San Jose Civic Auditorium box office, Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) and online at Ticketmaster.com and STRIKEFORCE.com.

Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. PT. The first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m. and the first main card bout will begin at 8 p.m.

“Strikeforce – Challengers 6″ weigh-in results:

MAIN CARD

  • Takayo Hashi (132) vs. Sarah Kaufman (134) title fight
  • Karl Amoussou (184.5) vs. Trevor Prangley (185)
  • Paul Bradley (186) vs. Luke Rockhold (185)
  • Tarec Saffiedine (170) vs. James Terry (169)
  • Raul Castillo (183) vs. Yancy Medeiros (185.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Eric Lawson (185.5) vs. Wayne Phillips (183.5)
  • Samuel Bracamnonte (180) vs. Chris Stewart (182.5) (amateur)
  • Tristan Arenal (156) vs. George Miller (156) (amateur)
  • Jesse Tobar (141) vs. Johnson Nguyen (145) (amateur)
  • Renee Robinson (141) vs. Lilia Salas (145) (amateur)
  • Steve Dickey (243) vs. Alan Lummel (253) (amateur)
  • Ronald Carillo (132) vs. Anthony De Los Santos (136) (amateur)

What the fighters said at Thursday’s weigh-in:

SARAH KAUFMAN

“I’m excited and honored to fight for STRIKEFORCE’s inaugural 135-pound women’s title.  I just want to go out there, have fun, and make it the fight of the night.  Don’t miss this fight.  It could be over at any moment.’’

TAKAYO HASHI

“I am very honored to fight for STRIKEFORCE on SHOWTIME for the first 135-pound title for STRIKEFORCE. I feel I am representing Japan. I want to win the title for my career path, but I really want to bring this title back to motivate the female fighters of Japan.’’

Photo by Ester Lin/Strikeforce - Karl Amoussou (left) weighed 184 1/2 pounds for his match with Trevor Prangley (185 pounds) at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.

TREVOR PRANGLEY

“I feel it’s a privilege to be able to do what I do.  I thank God every day for blessing me this much.’’

LUKE ROCKHOLD

“I’m happy to be healthy.  It was a hard camp and I’m injury prone but my health is great and I’m ready to get out there and show it.  I’ve been working on my standup and takedown defense.  My kickboxing has gotten really strong.  I can’t wait to show it to the world.’’

Photo by Ester Lin/Strikeforce - Paul Bradley (left) and Luke Rockhold will collide in one of the featured bouts on SHOWTIME. Bradley weighed 186; Rockhold 185.

PAUL BRADLEY

“Fatigue makes cowards out of us all.  You won’t see any fatigue out of this guy.  I’m ready.’’

TAREC SAFFIEDINE

“I trained hard for this fight.  I made a lot of sacrifices for this fight and am excited to showcase my skills and do what I’ve trained so hard for.’’

Photo by Ester Lin/Strikeforce - Tarec Saffiedine (left) and James Terry face off at Thursday's weigh-in at Hilton San Jose. Saffiedine tipped scale at 170; Terry 169.

YANCY MEDEIROS

”I’m proud to be a part of STRIKEFORCE and I’m here to represent Hawaii.  I’m dedicating this to my Uncle Martin and Auntie Sheila Buell.  A win for them and my family means everything.’’

Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Yancy Medeiros (left) and Raul Castillo will meet in the opening fight on the telecast. Medeiros weighed 185 1/2 pounds; Castillo 183.

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  • jaygoddard

    since when did they start having ammy’s on a Strikeforce card? wow… talk about a thin roster!!! Can you imagine a UFC card with AMS? It won’t happen… have they spent so much money they can’t afford to fill a card with pro’s now? this damn pitiful if you ask me. that’s what the rest of the shows are for is am shows, not freakin strikeforce. geez.

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