Strikeforce kicks off the year with one of their Challengers Series events, which are designed to highlight up and coming talent in the organization. The event comes to us live from the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and as always, FiveOuncesofPain.com will provide live results including a round by round recap of all the live action.
The preliminary fights are set to kick off around 8PM EST with the main card set to start at 11PM EST on Showtime. Remember, it’s a free preview weekend on Showtime so if you don’t usually subscribe to Showtime, you are still able to watch this event.
Strikeforce Challengers Series 13 is headlined by top welterweight prospects Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine battling it out and trying to take the next step in the organization. Also on the card is highly hyped heavyweight Daniel Cormier, trying to remain unbeaten against veteran Devin Cole.
Here is a complete rundown of Strikeforce Challengers Series 13 results as they unfold
Stoney Hale def. Gerric Hayes via Split Decision
Luke Sanders def. Josh Jarvis via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Jason Blackford def. Jeremy Boczulak via Submission Round 2 (Heel Hook)
Chris Barnhizer def. Karl Willis via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Charles McTorry def. Krishaun Gilmore via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Dustin West def. Daniel Schmitt via KO Round 1 (Strikes)
Dustin Ortiz def. Matt Horning via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
John Salter def. Casey Huffman via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Thomas Campbell def. Jeremy Wallace via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
Rhadi Ferguson vs. John Richard
Round One: Very quick start by Richard who got a quick takedown, escaped a heel hook, and got the back of Ferguson. Ferguson was able to turn into the guard of Richard though. Richard’s mouth piece fell out twice and he was warned but no point was taken. Ferguson pounded on Richard on the ground, which caused Richard’s mouth piece to fall out again. The referee took a point away from Richard. Ferguson finished the round on top of Richard in the turtle postion, pounding away. Bad start for Ferguson but he rebounded strong and dominated. 5OZ scores the round 10-8 for Ferguson.
Round Two: Richard looking very tired to start the round. They started slow but then Richard hit Ferguson with a kick, that Ferguson reacted like it was a groin shot but the ref didn’t stop things. Richard got the takedown but Ferguson rolled and locked on a knee bar. Richard tried to fight it off but he eventually tapped out.
Result: Rhadi Ferguson def. John Richard via Submission Round 2 (Kneebar)
Julia Budd vs. Amanda Nunes
Round One: Nunes stood right in the pocket, slugged it out with Budd, dropped her, and then finished her on the ground with hammerfists.
Result: Amanda Nunes def. Julia Budd via KO Round 1 (Punches)
Daniel Cormier vs. Devin Cole
Round One: Cormier landed a big leg kick followed by an overhand right before clinching, landing some dirty boxing, and breaking. They clinched again and Cormier threw Cole to the ground. Cole was able to get to his feet without taking much damage but they remained in the clinch where Cormier controlled and roughed up Cole with short punches to the body and head. They finally broke and Cormier started to light him up on the feet with over hand rights and uppercuts. Cormier got a late takedown but didn’t do much with it. Very good round for Cormier, especially on the feet. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cormier.
Round Two: Cormier got an early takedown off a whizzer and then mounted Cote but Cole used the fence to push off and roll out. Cormier stayed on top though and in half guard where he battered Cole with punches and elbows to the body. Cormier eventually got the back of Cole but Cole did a nice job escaping back to half guard. Cole went for a kimura but couldn’t fully lock it up before the bell rang. Another good round for Cormier. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cormier.
Round Three: First minute was all on the feet with Cormier landing the better punches. Then they clinched where Cormier controlled but the ref broke them. Cole stuffed a takedown and then tried to pounce on Cormier as he slipped but Cormier reversed and put Cole down. Cole was quickly up though and he once again found himself in the clinch with Cormier controlling and roughing him up before the ref broke them. They clinched again and Cormier got a takedown with just over a minute left. Cormier finished the round strong with ground and pound but couldn’t finish Cole. Another good round for Cormier but he slowed down a bit. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cormier and the fight 29-28 for Cormier.
Result: Daniel Cormier def. Devin Cole via Unanimous Decision
Ovince St. Preux vs. Abongo Humphrey
Round One: St. Preux stunned Humphrey with a good left hand before landing a body kick and getting a takedown. Humphrey took very little damage on bottom and then reversed the position on St. Pruex to end up on top. St. Pruex went for a triangle but Humphrey postured out and went for a knee bar but St. Pruex managed to survive and end up in the mount. St. Preux landed some big left hands on top and then locked up an arm triangle but Humphrey ended up escaping. St. Preux ended the round in mount. Dominating round for St. Preux. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for St. Preux.
Round Two: St. Preux landed some quick left hands before stuffing a takedown and hitting a switch to put Humphrey on his back. The ref was pretty quick to stand them up though. Humphrey started swinging wildly and landing some good shots but St. Preux returned fire with some nasty straight left hands that jacked the jaw of Humphrey. Humphrey managed to clinch but once again ended up on his back. St. Preux controlled things on top and landed short punches but the ref again stood them up. St. Preux landed some good knees to the body but Humphrey landed some big right hands that hurt St. Preux and forced him into a desperation takedown. St. Preux got the takedown and Humphrey went for a guillotine but couldn’t get it as the round ended. Humphrey made it a close round at the end but St. Preux still did more overall. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for St. Preux.
Round Three: Humphrey went for a quick takedown but ate a knee and then ended up on his back. The ref quickly stood them up though as St. Preux wasn’t doing much. St. Preux went for a takedown but Humphrey grabbed an arm in guillotine. He was up against the cage though and couldn’t get the leverage he needed to finish and St. Preux was able to escape to side control. Humphrey regained guard though and caused another stand up with just under a minute left. They both threw a kick and Humphrey ended up slipping, allowing St. Preux to get on top and grind out the rest of the round. Controlling round for St. Preux even if he didn’t do a ton of damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for St. Preux and fight 30-27 for St. Preux.
Result: Ovince St. Preux def. Abongo Humphrey via Unanimous Decision
Tyron Woodley vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Round One: An early clinch where they traded knees to the body before things slowed down with Woodley controlling. Woodley managed to get a takedown but Saffiedine quickly got to his feet. Woodley kept him in the clinch though and pressed him against the cage for a long while before the ref broke them. Woodley complained about a finger in the eye but the ref told him to fight on because he didn’t see the incident. Woodley initiated another clinch though where he controlled Saffiedine to the end of the round. Not the most exciting round but good control by Woodley in the clinch. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Woodley.
Round Two: Saffiedine landed a good right hook and then clinched with Woodley. Saffiedine controlled Woodley in the clinch and landed some short knee strikes before Woodley exploded with a takedown. Saffiedine went for a triangle and then an omaplata but Woodley slipped out and remained on top. Woodley controlled Saffiedine on the ground but didn’t do much damage. Saffiedine tried to wall walk up but Woodley kept him down with one hook on the back as the round ended. Another controlling round for Woodley. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Woodley.
Round Three: Quick exchange to start the round with both men landing but then they were right back in the clinch. Saffiedine was able to break away though and then sprawl on a weak takedown attempt. Saffiedine ended up putting Woodley on his back and in side control but Woodley scrambled to his feet where they were right back in the clinch. Saffiedine tried to throw a head kick on the break but Woodley got a takedown. They ended up in an awkward postion with Woodley trapping the leg of Saffiedine as Saffiedine tried for an armbar but they worked out, up, and back into the clinch where the ref quickly broke them. Saffiedine tried to seperate but Woddley was quick to initiate a clinch every time before the round ended. Saffiedine took this round as he controlled the clinch and stuffed the takedown. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Saffiedine but the fight 29-28 for Woodley.
Result: Tyron Woodley def. Tarec Saffiedine via Unanimous Decision
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