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Pictures: Strikeforce Challengers 9

Undefeated Sarah Kaufman (yellow) defended her STRIKEFORCE Women’s Welterweight World Title with an impressive third round body slam knockout of Roxanne Modafferi in Friday’s co-main event. Photo credit: Esther Lin/Strikeforce

Strikeforce Challengers 9” took place at Comcast Arena in Everett, Wash., on Friday, July 23, 2010. In the main event, undefeated heavyweight Shane Del Rosario continued his rise with a first round knockout of Hawaii’s Lolohea Mahe.

In the co-main event, Strikeforce‘s unbeaten 135 lb. women’s champion Sarah Kaufman power-bombed highly-respected veteran Roxanne Modafferi by slamming her to the canvas as she attempted an armbar. The powerful slam knocked Modafferi out cold and kept Kaufman’s championship title securely wrapped around her waist.

Other bouts included a split decision win by Bobby Voelker over Cory Devela, a rear-naked choke submission win for Mike Kyle over Abongo Humphrey in the second round, and a unanimous decision win for Caros Fodor over Thomas Diagne.

ProMMAnow.com provided live results and play-by-play commentary of all the action and photographer Esther Lin took the following photos, posted here courtesy of Strikeforce:

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