Pictures: Strikeforce Challengers 9

“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 … Read more

“Strikeforce Challengers 9” recap: Del Rosario blasts thru Mahe, Kaufman KO’s Modafferi by power slam

EVERETT, Wash. — Shane Del Rosario (10-0 MMA, 5-0 SF) wasted little time in showing why he is an undefeated Heavyweight prospect, dominating Lolohea Mahe with a barrage of powerful kicks, straight punches, and knees from the clinch. With Mahe pressed against the cage midway through the first round, Del Rosario landed a crunching knee … Read more

U.S. Army veteran and Matt Hume protégé Caros Fodor to face Cung Le pupil Thomas Diagne at Strikeforce Challengers July 23 on Showtime

EVERETT, Wash. (July 14, 2010) –The students of two icons will collide when submission specialist and Matt Hume protégé Caros “The Future” Fodor (5-2) takes on Cung Le student Thomas Diagne (1-1) in a lightweight (155 pounds) contest on the STRIKEFORCE Challengers Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card at Comcast Arena at Everett, on SHOWTIME, … Read more

PROMMA.INFO post fight interview – Merritt Warren

ProMMA.INFO’s ‘Fast Eddie’ Constantine caught up with Merritt Warren in Fresno, Calif., after his victory over Thomas Diagne at Strikeforce: Challengers Series at the SaveMart Center. Warren talked about his submission victory as well as his future plans.

Strikeforce Challengers 4 immediate reaction

Strikeforce Challengers 4 was just the tip of this huge ice burg weekend of MMA. In the main event Jorge Gurgel took on up and coming prospect Billy Evangelista. Despite the card not bringing in a lot of attention there was still a lot of interesting happenings, and as always has you covered.

Jorge Gurgel (13-5) vs. Billy Evangelista (9-0)
To the surprise of no one Jorge Gurgel got into another brawl. The broadcast team continually mentioned that this fight was for a shot at the title. However, this fight did nothing but show that both these fighters are still a few fights away.

In the end Billy Evangelista took home the decision, but does anyone think that he would put up a fight against Gilbert Melendez? Strikeforce has really painted themselves in a corner by using Jorge Gurgel for fights like this. Putting a UFC castoff against your prospects does not make fans excited for future match ups. All in all it was a quality main event to get everyone ready for Sengoku and Fedor vs. Rogers.

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Strikeforce – Challengers Series 4 weigh-in photos & quotes

Photo by Esther Lin - Strikeforce - Challengers Series 4 airs live on Showtime Friday, Nov. 6.

(PRESS RELEASE) – All 18 fighters who will compete in the Strikeforce Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Friday, Nov. 6 weighed in on Thursday at the World Sports Café in Fresno, Calif.

In the main event on SHOWTIME, undefeated lightweight (155-pound limit) sensation Billy Evangelista (9-0) will square off with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel (13-5) at the Save Mart Center in Fresno.

Other televised fights include a showdown between promising undefeated heavyweight prospects Shane Del Rosario (8-0) and Brandon Cash “Money” (5-0).  Rising middleweight (185 pounds) stars Luke Rockhold (5-1) and Jesse “J T Money” Taylor (13-4) will duke it out, lightweights Thomas Diagne (1-0) and Merritt Warren (4-2) will square off and Zoila Frausto (3-0) will face Elisha Helsper (0-1) in a matchup of female MMA fighters.

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