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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“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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Strikeforce: Challengers Series conference call audio & highlights

Strikeforce and Showtime held a conference call earlier this afternoon to promote their upcoming Strikeforce: Challengers Series card in Fresno, Calif., at the Savemart Center on May 15.

CEO Scott Coker was on hand with main event fighters Mike Aina, Billy Evangelista, Miesha Tate and Sarah Kaufman. Also on the call was Showtime’s Senior Vice President, Kent Hershman. PRO MMA (http://promma.info) took part in conference call along with other major MMA media outlets.

Below you will find the complete audio from the conference call as well as some of the highlights.

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS conference call audio:
[podcast]http://promma.info/audio/strikeforcecall.mp3[/podcast]

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SHO MMA: Strikeforce Challenger series debuts May 15

In addition to the regular events STRIKEFORCE will be airing on Showtime, they will also be airing fights from their developmental league. This will be a “proving ground” of sorts where fighters can not only gain valuable experience but can also earn the chance to fight on one of the big shows and in the future possibly on CBS. PRO MMA (promma.info) received the following information today from STRIKEFORCE regarding their new Challenger series on Showtime:

Undefeated lightweight (155 lb. limit) sensation Billy Evangelista (9-0) will fight hard-hitting brawler and BJ Penn protégé “Iron” Mike Aina (11-6-1) in the main event of the inaugural, newly titled SHO MMA: Strikeforce Challengers series from leading MMA promoter Strikeforce and premium television network SHOWTIME, on Friday, May 15 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

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