Strikeforce Challengers proves successful for local fighters

The fourth edition of the Strikeforce Challengers series took place Friday night, Nov. 6, in Fresno, Calif. The local MMA scene was represented well with a handful of fighters from the Fresno area on both the under card and main card. Fresno legend and staph infection survivor Cole Escovedo was first up.

Escovedo’s near death experience from a misdiagnosed illness is well documented. Cole came out with fire in his eyes and look possessed from the opening bell. His first offensive attempt came in the form of a flying submission attempt.

Although unsuccessful, he followed that up with an enormous high kick that found the mark. Escovedo followed his stunned opponent to the mat instantly. The referee was right on top of the action but hesitated in stopping the fight, allowing “The Apache Kid” to land several unanswered and unnecessary shots.

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Design a CageDiva logo and win Strikeforce tickets at PROMMA.INFO

The PROMMA.INFO radio network is your home for Strikeforce Challenger tickets. We will be giving away one pair of tickets on CageDivasin the weeks leading up to the “Strikeforce – Challenger Series 3” event which takes place at the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sept. 25, 2009. The CageDivas need a logo and … Read more

Villasenor vs. Cyborg headlines Strikeforce Challengers this Friday June 19

Just in case you have been in a hole somewhere and did not know; this is a huge weekend for MMA fans. It is hard to believe we are getting so much quality action these days, but it is true and we at PRO MMA (promma.info) hope you enjoy reading about everything MMA here as much as we love bringing it to you.

One of the big shows of the weekend will take place at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. on Friday, June 19, with Strikeforce Challengers second event which will air live on Showtime beginning at 8:00 pm PT/11:00 pm ET. Headlining the card will be “Smokin” Joey Villasenor (26-6) vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (16-12) in a middleweight showdown.

The Strikeforce Challengers card also includes the return of Jorge Gurgel (12-5) in his first fight since being released from the UFC last November. He will be taking on Bully Beatdown star Conor “Hurricane” Heun (8-2) at 155 lbs. Gurgel has made it clear fans will see a completely new fighter, just as aggressive, but more willing to use the BJJ he is known for.

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Strikeforce Challengers: Live Play-by-Play

PRO MMA’s (promma.info) Matt De La Rosa is live on scene providing up to date commentary for this evening’s Strikeforce Challengers card at the SaveMart Center in Fresno, California. The main event is headlined by lightweights Billy Evangelista and Mike Aina, with a co-feature between Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman. Stay tuned to PRO MMA for the latest on what is going on at the SaveMart Center.

Main Card
(LW) Billy Evangelista vs. Mike Aina
Rd. 1 –
Evangelista and Aina both land a few kicks and jabs that excite the crowd. After a few slow moments Evangelista shoots in for a single leg and drives the Hawaiian up against the fence and lands some knees. Aina pushes off and lands a few shots of his own before Evangelista comes in and puts Aina up against the fence for a second time. The round ends with the two men trading standing elbows and an inadvertent low blow to Aina that does minimal damage.

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Strikeforce Challenger Series weigh-in results, photos, & press conference highlights

PRO MMA (promma.info) has received the weigh-in results from the “STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGER SERIES” event taking place Friday May 15th at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California and airing live on SHOWTIME at 11:00 PM ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). 

Mike Aina will face Billy Evangelista in the main event. Sarah Kaufman has raised the stakes and level of competition by stepping in for Kim “Sugar Free” Couture to take on Miesha Tate in the lone female bout. Carl Seumanutafa looks to get back on the winning track after losing two straight as he takes on “Big” Lavar Johnson in the lone heavyweight bout.

All 20 fighters successfully made weight according to a Strikeforce press release. Here are the weigh-in results:

Main Card – Televised
BILLY EVANGELISTA 157.5 lbs. vs MIKE AINA 157.2 lbs.
SARAH KAUFMAN 135 lbs. vs MIESHA TATE 135.4 lbs.
LAVAR JOHNSON 246.4 lbs. vs CARL SEUMANUTAFA 250.5 lbs.
ANTHONY RUIZ 205.2 lbs. vs AARON ROSA 205.4 lbs.
BAO QUACH 145.8 lbs. vs TITO JONES 145.6 lbs.
Non-televised Undercard
BEN HOLSCHER 160.2 lbs. vs CODY CANTEBURY 160 lbs.
ZOILA FRAUSTO 129.8 lbs. vs AVERY VILCHE 122.8 lbs.
THOMAS DIAGNE 155.6 lbs. vs KALEO KWAN 155.4 lbs.
FABRICIO CAMOES 156.2 lbs. vs TORRANCE TAYLOR 155.8 lbs.
CHAD SUTTON 184 lbs. vs SPENCER HERNS 180.6 lbs.

A press conference was held on Thursday and the fighters fielded questions from the media. Highlight quotes from the main card fighters at the press conference and weigh-in photos after the jump…

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THE INFO: exclusive interview with Miesha Tate – PRO MMA podcast

Strikeforce 135 pounder Miesha “Takedown” Tate (6-1) swung by “THE INFO” to talk about her Strikeforce: Challengers bout with Sarah Kaufman (8-0) this Friday in Fresno, California. Tate had been originally slated to face Kim Couture; however, Couture had to back out of the fight and Kaufman stepped in. “Takedown” spoke with PRO MMA‘s (promma.info) Matt De La … Read more

“Strikeforce Challenger Series I” airs live on Showtime Friday May 15

On May 15th, the “Strikeforce Challenger Series I” under-card fights will begin at 6:00 PM PT from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The main card fights begin and will air live on Showtime at 11:00 PM ET/PT.

Headlining the debut of “Strikeforce: Challengers” will be undefeated Billy Evangelista (9-0) taking on Mike Aina (11-6-1) at lightweight. Also on the main card will be Sarah Kaufman (8-0) fighting Miesha Tate (6-1) at 135-pounds in the lone female fight on the card. Ten fights are scheduled in all with five airing live on Showtime.

Strikeforce Challengers I

Main Card (Beginning at 8:00 PM – PT)
Billy Evangelista (9-0) vs. Mike Aina (11-6-1) – 3X5 – 155Lbs
Sarah Kaufman (8-0) vs. Meisha Tate (6-1) – 3X3 – 135 Lbs
Lavar “Big” Johnson (11-3) vs. Carl Seumanutafa (4-2) – 3X5 – HW
Anthony “El Toro” Ruiz (21-12) vs. Aaron Rosa (11-2) – 3X5 – 205 Lbs
Bao Quach (15-9-1) vs. Tito Jones (7-2) – 3X5 – 145 Lbs
Under-Card (Beginning at approximately 6:00 PM – PT)
Ben Holscher (1-0) vs. Cody Cantebury (1-3-1) – 3X3 – 160lbs
Zoila Frausto (1-0) vs. Avery Vilche (1-0-1) – 3X3 – 125Lbs
Ousmane Thomas Diagne (debut) vs. Kaleo Kwan (7-9) – 3X5 – 155lbs
Fabricio Camoes (9-4) vs. Torrance Taylor (7-5-1) – 3X5 – 155Lbs
Chad Sutton (2-1) vs. Spencer Herns (debut) – 3X3 – 185Lbs

Full “Strikeforce Challenger Series I” breakdown after the jump…

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Sarah Kaufman steps up to fight Miesha Tate at “Strikeforce Challengers” May 15

We here at PRO MMA (promma.info) broke the news to you last week that Kim Couture (1-1) pulled out of her “Strikeforce Challengers” fight with Miesha Tate (5-1) set for May 15th.

Strikeforce has now confirmed stepping up to fill the void will be undefeated power puncher Sarah Kaufman (8-0). The 135-pound bout between Kaufman and Tate will take place during the SHOWTIME televised portion of the inaugural “ShoMMA” event at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

Kaufman will be a major step up in competition for Tate when compared to her originally scheduled opponent in Couture. Kaufman has had eight fights and has finished each opponent by (T)KO. No one has taken her the distance. Her last fight was against Sara Schneider on April 23 in the Palace Fighting Championship and Kaufman finished her off with punches early in round two.

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BREAKING NEWS: Couture pulls out of May 15th bout UPDATED

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from Miesha Tate that Kim “Sugar Free” Couture has pulled out of the two’s scheduled May 15th bout on the SHO MMA: Strikeforce Callengers card in Fresno, California. Reasons for Couture’s with drawl form the event are rumored to be due to personal issues between Kim and Randy Couture. PRO … Read more

Kim Couture set to fight Miesha Tate at ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers May 15th

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from multiple sources that Kim “Sugar Free” Couture (1-1) has accepted a fight with Miesha “Takedown” Tate (6-1) as part of Showtime’s “ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers”, which will take place on May 15th in Fresno, California.

Couture, the wife of UFC legend Randy Couture, lost her very first MMA bout to Kim Rose on June 20th of last year by unanimous decision. Even in her defeat she gained a lot of respect and showed her toughness by finishing the fight with a broken jaw she received early in round one.

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