Former UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich went on to describe blue-chip 170 pound prospect Tyron “T-Wood” Woodley as the “best athlete in the sport” following the three-time Division I wrestler’s impressive first round submission over crowd favorite Rudy “Bad News” Bears this evening during the latest edition of the Strikeforce Challengers series.
The event took place from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, with the main card airing live on Showtime.
Woodley showed exactly why he is widely regarded to be among the fastest rising prospects in the sport as he looked comfortable on the feet before scoring a couple of powerful takedowns that inevitably led to the first round arm-triangle submission.
The win marked the fifth of the career, and the fifth of the this year for Woodley where he has finished every single one of his fights via submission, with four coming in the opening round.
Following the bout Woodley had nothing but respect for Bears, who was coming off of a seven fight win streak heading into the scrap, stating, “Rudy’s a good fighter. He’s an amazing guy, and now I have a chance to train with him.”
Surprisingly, when asked his thoughts on future opponents there was no mention of Nick Diaz, but the current 185 pound title holder, to which the welterweight contender replied, “Jake Shields is a good guy. He has really good submissions.
“I think I match up well with a lot of these guys and Jake Shields is one of them.”
Kerry Vera (wife to UFC light heavyweight Brandon Vera) took the fight to Kim Couture in the second round, battering the former wife of Randy Couture with a series of heavy punches against the fence that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest, and not a moment too soon.
Bobby Voelker surprised a lot of people as he wound up on the winning side of a back and forth war with Erik Apple via second round TKO; flooring the favored welterweight with a huge punch before finishing him off with a little old fashioned ground and pound.
In his first fight back from a one sided beatdown at the hands of Mike Kyle, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante looked somewhat gun-shy in the opening round of his bout with Aaron Rosa, spending a good part of the first round in the clinch before a shower of punches from the Brazilian brought the bout to a conclusion in the second.
A full list of the results from “Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears” are listed below:
Lucas Lopes def. Dominic Brown via TKO – Round 2
Mike Chandler def. Richard Bouphanouvong via TKO – Round 2
Darryl Cobb def. Gary Tapasua via split decision
Nick Nolte def. Andy Waters via submission (Triangle Choke) – Round 1
Brian Davidson def. Russell Patrick via TKO – Round 1
Kevin Casey def. Chad Vance via rear-naked choke – Round 1
Rafael “Feijao” def. Aaron Rosa via TKO – Round 2
Bobby Voelker def. Erik Apple via TKO – Round 2
Kerry Vera def. Kim “Sugar Free” Couture via TKO – Round 1
Tyron Woodley def. Rudy Bears via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1