The Strikeforce Challengers series made its return to Showtime this weekend with their first ever event from Sin City and a card featuring a number of entertaining scraps including a pair of strike-based stoppages and Sarah Kaufman’s re-assertion as a force to be reckoned with.
Broadcast live from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Strikeforce Challengers 17 headliners Bobby Voelker and Roger Bowling battled for the third time with the most definitive conclusion yet after Voelker cracked his familiar opponent with a knee in the second stanza, then pounded him out for the TKO win.
Kaufman and her talented 135-pound peer Liz Carmouche battled it out with the former Strikeforce champ emerging with the victory and likely another shot at the welterweight title she lost to Marloes Coenen last October.
Also notable, talented light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux continued his hot streak by forcing previously unbeaten Joe Cason to tap after a barrage of punches. The performance marked OSP’s eighth straight win including five in the Strikeforce cage.
Read below for more-detail Strikeforce Challengers 17 results including play-by-play from the televised bouts:
Sterling Ford def. Brian McLaughlin via Unanimous Decision
Bill Cooper def. Maka Watson via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Anthony Smith def. Ben Lagman via KO Round 2 (Right Hand)
T.J. Cook def. Lionel Lanham via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Adlan Amagov vs. Ronald Stallings
Round One: Slow start until Amagov landed a straight right that wobbled Stallings. Amagov stayed patient though and didn’t rush after Stallings. A lot of kicks by both men but Amagov’s kicks were more diverse and had more sting to them. Amagov did a really nice job chopping Stallings down with leg kicks. Amagov got a takedown into side control with little time remaining. Stallings got up but Amagov threw him back to the ground as the round ended. Very good round for Amagov with his strikes and the late takedowns. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Amagov.
Round Two: Stallings came out throwing leg kicks but Amagov returned fire with a series of his own leg kicks. Stallings pressed Amagov against the cage and landed some short knees to the body and stayed busy with short punches but didn’t landed anything overly effective. Stallings tried a trip takedown but Amagov kept his balance and stayed up. Stallings went back to the clinch but this time Amagov hit two throws and landed a series of punches as he had Stallings’ arm trapped with the whizzer. Stallings got up though and put him back in the clinch. They broke with about 10 seconds left and got into a wild exchange that saw Stallings land some knees and punches while Amagov landed some punches and a kick before slipping and ended up on his back as the round ended. Very close round but Amagov did more damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Amagov.
Round Three: Amagov came out wild with strikes and was missing badly. Stallings got the plum clinch, landed some knees, and then got a takedown. He passed to side control and went for the straight armbar, couldn’t lock it up, but used the attempt to pass to mount. Amagov managed to escape, avoid the armbar as he bucked out, and got to his feet. Amagov landed some big overhand right hands but Stallings caught him with some good straight punches. Amagov clinched, almost got caught in a guillotine choke, but popped his head out and went for a spanning back fist. Stallings went for a takedown but Amagov held on to the cage, for like the fourth time in the round to block it. The round ended with another wild exchange where Stallings landed the better strikes. Entertaining fight. Round goes to Stallings based on positions and damage. He could win the fight as the 2nd round was pretty close and will likely determine who won. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Stallings but the fight 29-28 for Amagov.
Result: Adlan Amagov def. Ronald Stallings via Split Decision
Sarah Kaufman vs. Liz Carmouche
Round One: Both fighters came out aggressive and traded positions in the clinch. Carmouche tried a throw but Kaufman blocked it and got the back. She couldn’t get the hooks in though, which allowed Carmouche to get back to her feet and spin to face Kaufman. After another battle in the clinch, they finally broke away. Kaufman landed the better punches, especially the jab and counter right hand but Carmouche hung tough and tagged Kaufman with a couple of rights of her own. Close round but Kaufman had the better positions and landed the better punches. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Kaufman.
Round Two: Carmouche came out aggressive, ate some punches, but got a takedown against the cage. Kaufman was right back up though and off the cage. Kaufman pecked away at Carmouche with the jab, eventually busting up her nose. Carmouche tried for another takedown but Kaufman stuffed it. Kaufman continued to out-strike Carmouche on the feet before stuffing a relentless takedown at the end of the round. Very good round for Kaufman with her jab and takedown defense. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Kaufman.
Round Three: Kaufman picked up where she left off, out-boxing Carmouche and stuffing the takedown. Carmouche went for a trip takedown but Kaufman showed quick hips and reversed things, putting Carmouche on her back. Kaufman immediately let her up though. Kaufman continued to stuff the takedown and maid Carmouche pay every time she tried with punches. On the feet, it was more of Kaufman picking Carmouche apart with her hands. Another very good round for Kaufman, whose boxing is very legit. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Kaufman and the fight 30-27 for Kaufman.
Result: Sarah Kaufman def. Liz Carmouche via Unanimous Decision
Ovince St. Preux vs. Joe Cason
Round One: Cason landed some good straight rights early but OSP crumbled Cason with a body kick where OSP’s knee caught Cason on the chin as well. Cason tried to grab a leg as OSP charged at him but OSP put him on his back and pounded him out with punches until the ref jumped in. Cason was tapping just before the ref jumped in. Great performance by OSP. Fight lasted just over a minute.
Result: Ovince St. Preux def. Joe Cason via Submission Round 1 (Strikes)
Shawn Jordan vs. Devin Cole
Round One: Cole had a lot of succes with the straight right early. Jordan clinches, landed a beautiful throw, and immediately got the back. Cole scrambled out though and got the back of Jordan and landed some hammerfists before Jordan got to his feet. In the clinch, Cole his a throw of his own but Jordan got to his feet without taking much damage. Jordan landed a good uppercut that stumbled Cole a bit. They ended up in a clinch and on the break ended up in a wild exchange that Jordan won. Jordan landed some big right hands at the end of the round after catching a kick. Close round but Jordan may have stolen it with the end of round rights. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Jordan.
Round Two: Cole landed a good knee and Jordan just smiled and yelled, “YEAH!” Cole doing a nice job landing the knee when Jordan ducks under to set up his uppercut. Jordan landed a superman punch followed by two more punches that seemed to hurt Cole but Cole remained upright. Cole got a takedown right into side control. Cole landed some big knees from side control before Jordan was able to scramble up. Cole had side control standing and landed some more knees to the body. Cole landed some punches, going between the legs of Jordan to end the round. Never seen that one before. Good round for Cole minus that superman punch. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cole.
Round Three: Cole finding a home for the straight right and right uppercut early in the round. The only punch Jordan can seem to land is the lead uppercut and somehow, Cole can’t avoid it. Cole went for a takedown, Jordan stuffed it and went for a choke but couldn’t lock it on and ended up on his back with Cole on top. Cole stayed busy on top with elbows and punches to the body. The fight ended with Cole on top landing short punches. Another good round for Cole, once again minus one big punch. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Cole and the fight 29-28 for Cole.
Result: Devin Cole def. Shawn Jordan via Unanimous Decision
Bobby Voelker vs. Roger Bowling
Round One: Bowling going to the body early with his strikes. Voelker trying to keep the distance with his jab. Bowling really attacking the body with some heavy kicks. Bowling finding a home with the lead left hook. Only thing Voelker can seem to get going is the jab. Bowling got a takedown but Voelker was immediately up. As Bowling went for a body shot, Voelker caught him with a finger to the eye. Bowling fought on though. In the middle of a wild exchange, Bowling rocked Voelker with a right hand but Voelker backed away and survived. Voelker landed a good right and a knee as the bell rang. Good round for Bowling, who mixed things up and landed everything with power. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Bowling.
Round Two: Bowling got an early takedown but Voelker was right back up. Bowling stayed on him in the clinch and got another takedown. Voelker was up quickly again, although this time he Bowling landed some short punches. Voelker landed a huge knee on Bowling that made him to the chicken dance. Voelker rushed him, dropped him, and then pounded him out from the turtle position until the ref stopped the fight.
Result: Bobby Voelker def. Roger Bowling via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
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