A welterweight battle between highly touted rising prospects Tyron Woodley and Rudy Bears has been set as the main event of an upcoming Strikeforce Challengers card set for November 20.
The event will be taking place on a Friday from the Historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, airing live on Showtime.
Other bouts recently announced for the televised portion of the card include Bobby Voelker vs. Erik Apple (welterweight); Aaron Rosa vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (light heavyweight); and in 135-pound women’s fights, Kerry Vera vs. Kim “Sugar Free” Couture and Sarah Kaufman vs. Takayo Hashi.
With a record of 4-0, Woodley is widely regarded as one of the fastest rising welterweights in the business. The two-time All-American wrestler is set to duke it out with Kansas City native Rudy Bears, who himself is currently riding a six fight win streak, winning eight of his last nine.
Training alongside fighters such as Anderson Silva and the Nogueira Brothers, Feijao was widely viewed as one of the brightest prospects at 205 pounds before a recent TKO defeat at the hands of Mike Kyle knocked the aggressive Brazilian off course. Cavalcante will be looking to right the ship when he faces off with Rosa, who sports a career record of 12-2, putting together wins in his last two outings. The bout between the two is being billed as one with potential title consequences at light heavyweight for the winner.
Apple, who has only tasted defeat once in his eleven professional bouts at the hands of Brock Larson, will be testing himself against the always game Bobby Voelker, who has amassed an impressive career record of 20-7, winning three of his last four.
In one of two female bouts, Kim Couture, former wife of UFC veteran Randy, will be facing off with Kerry Vera, wife to UFC light heavyweight Brandon. The irony of the match-up is the fact that Randy Couture and Brandon Vera are set to square off during the main event of UFC 105, scheduled just one week prior.
Also in action on November 20 will be undefeated wrecking machine Sarah Kaufman, who is fresh off of her Strikeforce victories over Miesha Tate and Shayna Baszler, putting her 10-0 record on the line when she meets up with the widely respected Takayo Hashi from Japan, who has won her last eight in a row.