Saturday, January 8, 2011

Strikeforce Challengers 13 Leftovers: Woodley and Cormier Remain Undefeated, St. Preux Wins Seventh in a Row

The number 13 is a feared number, generally regarded as unlucky, but for Strikeforce welterweight Tyron Woodley, the thirteenth installment of Strikeforce's "Challengers Series" was everything but bad luck. Woodley defeated fellow up-and-comer Tarec Saffiedine on the event's main card to remain undefeated. The two-time Division I All-American wrestler used a tight clinch game to stifle Saffiedine's kickboxing en route to a unanimous decision victory. Another decorated amateur wrestler-turned-mixed martial artist, Olympic freestyle wrestler Daniel Cormier, stayed flawless following his Challengers 13 match. Cormier put his wrestling prowess to work, along with a fresh American Kickboxing Academy-acquired striking game to defeat well-travelled veteran Devin Cole. Expect Cormier and Woodley to graduate from Strikeforce's rites of passage series to prime time action in the near future.

In other action, Olympic judoka Rhadi Ferguson endured an early rush from John Richard. Ferguson initially had a difficult time in a back-and-forth bout with Richard, but the BJJ black belt utilized his ground skills, working a kneebar in the second round to secure the win. Ferguson improves to 3-0. Meanwhile, Ovince St. Preux offered Ron "Abongo" Humphrey his second loss in a row. OSP delivered his usual strike attack with the addition of an improved ground game to win via unanimous decision. St. Preux has stayed busy, racking up three of his previous seven consecutive victories over the past month and a half alone.

More after the jump...
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Strikeforce Challengers 13
January 7, 2011
Nashville Municipal Auditorium,
Nashville, Tennessee

Main Card
Tyron Woodley def. Tarec Saffiedine via unanimous decision
Daniel Cormier def. Devin Cole via unanimous decision
Ovince St. Preux def. Ray Humphrey via unanimous decision
Amanda Nunes def. Julia Budd via technical knockout (strikes) 0:14 R1
Rhadi Ferguson def. John Richard via submission (heel hook) 2:00 R2

Preliminary Card
Thomas Campbell def. Jeremy Wallace via submission (rear naked choke) 1:26 R1
John Salter def. Casey Huffman via technical knockout (strikes) 2:59 R1
Dustin Ortiz def. Matt Horning via technical knockout (strikes) 2:10 R3
Dustin West def. Daniel Schmitt via knockout (strikes) 0:09 R1
Charles McTorry def. Krishaun Gilmore via submission (rear naked choke) 3:46 R2
Chris Barnhize def. Karl Willis via submission (armbar) 2:35 R1
Jason Blackford def. Jeremy Boczulak via submission (heel hook) 1:54 R2
Luke Sanders def. Josh Jarvis via technical knockout (strikes) 3:15 R1
Stoney Hale def. Gerric Hayes via split decision
Steven Durr def. Dave Hurst submission (Triangle Choke) 1:36 R1
Cory Robison def. Dusty Gibbs submission (Guillotine Choke) 1:37 R1
Josh Phelps def. Randy Shores submission 1:07 R1

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