“Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg” official weigh-in results, photos, & quotes

The main event weigh-in produced some pushing and shoving Thursday as Evangelista “Cyborg” and “Smokin” Joey Villasenor squared off a day before their huge Strikeforce Challengers, middleweight fight to take place Friday, June 19, at the ShoWare Center at Kent, Wash., live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

After Cyborg weighed in for their 185-pound fight at 184 ½ pounds and Villasenor 185 pounds, both fighters met face to face. Things got a little too close for comfort and Cyborg pressed his head hard against Villasenor who then pushed back before words were exchanged. At one point, Cyborg pushed Villasenor by the throat before both fighters had to be separated.

Each of the other eight fighters taking part in the televised portion of the show also made weight and squared off without incident.

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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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From prison to Showtime, Lyle Beerbohm has come a long way

Just two short years ago 30-year-old Lyle Beerbohm (9-0) was sitting in a Walla Walla State Prison cell.  On June 19, 2009, Beerbohm, now a successful professional mixed martial artist will be fighting in front of millions of people on Showtime as he takes on Duane “Bang” Ludwig (18-8) at the Strikeforce Challengers event in Kent, Washington.

Beerbohm is proof people can change. The story goes that while serving an 18-month prison sentence, he saw an episode of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV, “When I was sitting in prison and watching The Ultimate Fighter show I was like ‘Are you serious? Those guys are on TV, making money?’ I knew I could take those guys so, right then and there, I made up my mind and haven’t looked back since.”

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“Alliance Fights: The Uprising” results

KENT, Wash. – On Saturday, May 2nd, 10th Village Media put on their first professional MMA promotion, “Alliance Fights: The Uprising” at the ShoWare center in Kent, Washington. PRO MMA (promma.info) was on hand to witness the first installment of Alliance Fights. Comprised of up-and-coming and top Northwest talent, with fights ending with a mixture … Read more

Strikeforce Challenger Series hits the Pacific Northwest

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned Strikeforce and Showtime will present their second “Strikeforce Challenger Series” event on June 19th.

The sophomore show will be headlined by a middleweight match-up between Joey Villasenor and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, held at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.

The Showare center holds 6500-7000 fans when set up for MMA and is the current home of the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds.

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