JACKSON, Miss. — “Strikeforce Challengers 12″ takes place this evening, Friday, Nov. 19, at the Jackson Convention Complex and will air live on Showtime starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). ProMMAnow.com will provide live results and play-by-play commentary during the broadcast.
The event features a bevy of rising talent, as well as a few established veterans, including main event lightweights Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (20-4) and Justin Wilcox (9-3) and light heavyweight co-headliners Ovince St. Preux (7-4) and Antwain Britt (11-4).
“Strikeforce Challengers 12” quick results:
MAIN VARD (Televised on Showtime)
- Justin Wilcox def. Vitor Ribeiro by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ovince St. Preux def. Antwain Britt by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf ruled no contest (eye poke)
- Liz Carmouche def. Jan Finney by TKO (strikes) Rd 3 (1:30)
- Caros Fodor def. Derrick Getzel by submission (D’arce Choke) Rd 1 (4:39)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Not Televised)
- Wes Shivers def. Goldman Butler by KO (strikes) Rd 1
- Jacob Noe def. Wesley Little
- Jeremiah Riggs def. James Sharp by unanimous decision
AMATEUR CARD (Not Televised)
- Anthony Mitchell def. Jeffrey Hedgepeth by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1
- Thomas Vasquez def. Brian Hall by TKO (strikes) Rd 3
- Joel Cooper def. Brian Burse by submission (armbar) Rd 1
- Ken DuBoise def. Travis Robertson by unanimous decision
“Strikeforce Challengers 12” play-by-play:
Caros Fodor vs. Derrick Getzel
Round 1 – They both come out swinging until Getzel shoots, gets stuffed but pins Fodor against the cage, elbow from Getzel, knee from Fodor to the thigh. Getzel doing a good job from the clinch. Fodor fires off a couple knees but Getzel remains in control. Fodor gets a Thai clinch, gets off one knee strike but Getzel neutralizes him and pushes him back against the cage, drops levels, Fodor grabs his neck and gets the advantage. Getzel gets free and gets taken down, Fodor in side control, north south. Back to side control for Fodor, back to north-south, looks for a keylock but Getzel free of it. Fodor locks on a D’arce choke, Fodor twists around tight walking on the cage with his feet and Getzel taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Caros Fodor def. Derrick Getzel by submission (D’arce Choke) Rd 1 (4:39)
Jan Finney vs. Liz Carmouche
Round 1 – Leg kick from Carmouche as she circles. Carmouche with a body kick but eats a punch for it. Same thing again. Leg kick from Finney. Leg kick, punch combo from Carmouche, then a big leg kick from Finney knocks her off balance briefly. Big leg kick from Finney again, then a body kick. Carmouche not gauging her distance well with her kicks and punches so far. Leg kick Carmouche. Again. again but she eats a punch for it. Finney clinches but gets taken down for her trouble. Carmouche is on top in full guard. Finney with a closed guard and throws her legs up for an armbar. Carmouche picks her up and slams her, making her release the hold. Finney goes for another armbar. Carmouche tries to pick her up again but Finney takes her down and Carmouche tries for her own submission but Finney gets free and gets side control, lands a couple knees before the bell.Nice first round, I give it to Finney 10-9.
Round 2 – Carmouche with a flying kick and they tie up immediately. Both girls delivering knees as Finney pushes her against the cage, but gets taken down and Carmouche has side control. Finney gets up but Carmouche immediately attacks and pus her right back down on her back. Carmouche on top in full guard, delivers a few knees and very light rabbit punches. Finney staying active looking for angles. Carmouche stands up and lands several kicks to the legs. She lands an axe kick to the groin. Finney kicks at the knees then grabs a leg and stands up. Knee to the body from Finney, as she continues to lean on her against the cage. Carmouche looking for a hip toss takedown but Finney defends and continues with knees. Ref separates them. Leg kick and big right from Carmouche. Finney eats another right hand but Finney fires back with a one two. Carmouche with a head kick and a shot on the chin. Big leg kick from Finney as she just takes everything Carmouche throws. Carmouche gets that round 10-9.
Round 3 – Carmouche has a cut over her right eye. Head kick and right hand from Carmouche. Then a leg kick. Leg kick from Carmouche and Finney clinches up. Knees from Carmouche, then she gets the trip takedown and gets in full mount right away. Finney turtles up and she is eating some solid punches as she covers up . Referee finally takes mercy and stops it. Carmouche smiles very big and acts just like she expected it all along. Finney looks very disappointed. Her last fight at 145 she got beat down by Cris Cyborg now another beat down at 135. Not good. She’s very tough though, I give her that. I like her.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Liz Carmouche def. Jan Finney by TKO (strikes) Rd 3 (1:30)
Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf
Round 1 – Fight of the night candidate. Zaromskis with a flying knee and pokes Spiritwolf in the eye. Chris Gates, the ref, gives him a timeout. How terrible would it be if the fight ended like that. It looks bad, and the doctor comes in to look. By the way, you will find the name Chris Gates a lot on this site. He’s a trainer at Tupelo BJJ in Mississippi. Spiritwolf walking back and forth shaking his head, and asks the doctor to come back in. Spiritwolf just told the doctor he can’t see. That’s it… no fight. Thanks a lot Zaromskis for. Spiritwolf says he wants to fight, he apologizes but he just can’t see, can’t blame him.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf ruled no contest (eye poke)
NOTE: They reviewed the eye poke on instant replay. Official told Mauro Ranallo he was under the wrong impression about the rules as Ranallo said he was under the impression the only time a fighter is given five minutes is when there is a groin strike.
Antwain Britt vs. Ovince St. Preux
Round 1 – This is a huge fight for Ovince who has knocked out his last five opponents. Both guys are big punchers. St. Preux is two inches taller and has a two inch reach advantage. St. Preux with a hook. One two punch and a body kick from Ovince and Britt gets a poke in the eye. Time is called. Back to back eye pokes. They put some drops in Britt’s eye. Here we go. Britt jabs and Vince backs up. Head kick twice from Vince. Britt comes in with a couple big punches and tags Vince. Vince working a jab and a Superman punch. Britt attacks and Vince throws an uppercut. Vince with an uppercut as Britt rushes in. Superman punch connects for Vince. Straight left from Vince. Head kick from Vince as Britt gets away. Vince using the jab nicely to feel out, he slips but gets up. Vince with a right hook. Body kick from Vince and Britt looks stunned. Vince takes Britt’s back and he’s throwing lots of punches to the side of Britt’s head. Britt covers up in turtled position. Vince coes for the calf slicer. Britt fighting it off as the bell sounds. Great round for Vince, but he used up a lot of energy there. 10-9 for Vince.
Round 2 – Touch gloves. Britt rushes in with a punch then gets the takedown. Britt on top in half guard throwing punches. Vince hits the switch and gets to the feet. Britt gets a double leg takedown and back in half guard. Britt lands a few punches to the head. This is the first time Vince has been to round two. Vince defending well, holding Britt in half guard. 2:40 left in the round. Britt with some body shots and rabbit punches. The Professor thinks Vince is out of gas. 1:30 left and we’re in the same position. The Professor says he has a n inactive guard. Britt lands some good ground and pound. Vince holding on as time runs out. Britt gets the round easily 10-9 .
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Britt shoots, gets a single, Vince lands a big knee and defending well. Vince turtles, Britt looks sharp, gets a double and puts Vince on his back. Slick wrestling from Britt. Vince reverses and gets the full mount. I missed the reverse it was so fast. Britt has full guard now. I’ve seen Vince knock people out from inside full guard so this is very dangerous for Britt, if Vince has the energy left. Britt staying busy on the bottom, moving his hips and holding onto Vince’s wrists. 1:45 left. Vince may be tired because he’s staying just busy enough no to get stood up and his punches don’t have much on them at this point. One minute left. Britt looks for a kimura and Vince gets to half guard. Ref stands them up. That’s a bit messed up really. Body kick from Vince and Britt looks hurt. He shoots but Vince sprawls quickly and gets on top in half guard. The toughest fight of Vince’s career and I think he just pulled it off! Great showing from Britt and Vince. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Ovince St. Preux.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ovince St. Preux def. Antwain Britt by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Vitor Ribeiro vs. Justin Wilcox
Round 1 – Wilcox is built like a tank. Ribeiro eats a couple punches. Wilcox hunting, Ribeiro staying light on his feet moving back and to the side. Ribeiro misses with a punch. Straight left from Ribeiro, Wilcox closes distance and Ribeiro lays on his back. Kicks to the legs of Ribeiro as he lays on his back. Ref lets Ribeiro up. Ribeiro shoots, gets stuffed. They trade punches. Wilcox staying low, throws a one, two. Nice left from Wilcox. Ribeiro shoots but Wilcox spins out of the grasp. Uppercut from Wilcox and a body kick. Wilcox chasing Ribeiro down. Nice right from Wilcox. Another right from Wilcox, then a one two. Ribeiro fires back, misses, and Wilcox misses with a head kick as the bell sounds. ProMMAnow.com scores the round for Wilcox 10-9.
Round 2 – Wilcox sings first and Ribeiro fires back. Uppercut from Wilcox. Nice left from Ribeiro scores. Ribeiro gets low tries to get a leg, misses. Left hook from Ribeiro. Body kick from Wilcox. Nice right from Wilcox. Ribeiro shoots, misses. Wilcox throws three or four and misses them all. Ribeiro shoots and eats an uppercut as he gets stuffed. Flying knee misses by Ribeiro. Right hand lands from Wilcox and Ribeiro’s nose is bleeding. Big right hand from Wilcox rocks Ribeiro’s head and Ribeiro is running now. Wilcox chasing him, stuffs a takedown attempt. Wilcox trains at AKA by the way. Ribeiro lands a punch. Flying knee from Wilcox and he should have the round easily 10-9.
Round 3 – Wilcox attacks with punches and Ribeiro goes for a leg, ends up on his back as Wilcox lets him up. Ribeiro shoots, misses. Right hand from Wilcox. Straight left from Wilcox scores. Right hand from Ribeiro. Wilcox gets aggressive, chasing Ribeiro down, keeping the pressure on. Nice right hand from Ribeiro scores big. Wilcox with a nice body shot. Leg kick and a one two from Wilcox. Ribeiro shoots, gets stuffed, same thing, and Wilcox gives him an uppercut on the way out. Ribeiro can’t get anything going, eats another punch. Flying knee from Ribeiro misses. 30 seconds left. Nice right from Wilcox. Wilcox should have this round 10-9 and the fight 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Justin Wilcox def. Vitor Ribeiro by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)