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Old 08-04-2010, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Strikeforce Challengers 10

Strikeforce Challengers 10



Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Venue: Dodge Theatre
Broadcast: Showtime
11 PM EDT Aug. 13, 2010
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MAIN CARD

* Joe Riggs vs. Louis Taylor
* Ryan Couture vs. Lucas Stark
* Hitomi Akano Carina Damm (135-pound tournament bout)
* Maiju Kujala vs. Miesha Tate (135-pound tournament bout)




UNDERCARD

* Liz Carmouche vs. Colleen Schneider (reserve bout)
* Ryan Diaz vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
* Christian Grosinsky vs. Jason Karpel
* Jeffrey Anderson vs. Edmund Xehilli
* Joel Champion vs. Sean Scott
* Rob Anderson vs. Tim Worth
* Andres Acuna vs. Edwin Louis
* Jace Crawford vs. Frankie Sainz

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While Hitomi Akano, Carina Damm, Maiju Kujala and Miesha Tate will fill the bracket in Strikeforce's upcoming 135-pound tournament, another pair of women will also compete in a tournament reserve bout.

Liz Carmouche (2-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) and Colleen Schneider (0-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) have agreed to meet on the preliminary card of Strikeforce Challengers 10.

Additionally, Strikeforce officials also released the official rules for the tournament, which call for the fights to feature three-minute rounds and a "sudden victory" frame in case of a draw.

Strikeforce Challengers 10 takes place Aug. 13 at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., and airs live on Showtime. A 182-pound catchweight bout between veteran Joe Riggs and Louis Taylor headlines the event.

The Carmouche-Schneider bout was first reported by MMARising.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the booking with Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz.

The winner of the Carmouche and Schneider will be eligible to advance to the finals of the single-night tournament should one of the semifinal bout winners be unable to continue due to injury.

Like all contests in the 135-pound tourney, the Carmouche-Schneider bout features three three-minute rounds, as well as a provision for a fourth, "sudden victory" round.

"If a tournament match is scored a draw, a fourth, 'sudden victory' round will be contested to determine the winner," the official rules read. "That sudden victory round will be scored independently and will determine which fighter advances."

Additional rule tweaks include a "survivor role" in the case of an accidental foul.

"If a semifinal bout ends prematurely due to an accidental, unintentional or no-fault foul, the 'survivor rule' will be implemented," Strikeforce officials stated. "The fighter who is fit to continue will advance."

A California-based fighter, Carmouche made her debut in May with a submission win over Aleena Albertson. Carmouche followed up that win with a TKO victory in June over Margarita de la Cruz.

The 25-year-old currently trains in San Diego at Undisputed Fitness and Training.

Meanwhile, Schneider made her professional debut in March with a submission loss to Sarah D'Alelio at Fitetime Entertainment's Arctic Combat 2 event in Alaska. According to MMARising, Schneider previously earned a 2-0 record as an amateur in the Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff organization while competing under the alias of "Paige Zio," a name she took on to protect her pursuits from her corporate employer at the time.

Schnieder trains with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Milendez.

The winner of the four-woman tournament receives a future shot at Strikeforce's 135-pound belt, which is currently held by Sarah Kaufman.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't wait for that tournament...gonna be AWESOME!
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Same here. Also was kinda bummed to see Cormier off the card until I saw they moved him up in the world to Strikeforce: Houston.
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I wonder if they are going to work it the same way they did the middleweight tournament, with 2 five minute rounds at minimum!
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Strikeforce added the other undercard fights to Friday night's card:

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The fight card for Friday's Strikeforce Challengers 10 event is now set.

The Showtime-televised event, which takes place Aug. 13 at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, features a headliner of Joe Riggs vs. Louis Taylor, as well as the organization's four-woman 135-pound tournament.

Strikeforce officials have also confirmed the night's preliminary card with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and all 14 fighters come from the Phoenix area.

Aside from the night's tournament reserve bout of Liz Carmouche (2-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) and Colleen Schneider (0-1 MMA, 0-0 SF), featured bouts include King of the Cage veteran Ryan Diaz (13-12 MMA, 0-0 SF) vs. fellow featherweight and Rage in the Cage fighter Chris Gruetzemacher (5-1 MMA, 0-0 SF).

Additionally, undefeated Jason Karpel (3-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) takes on fellow middleweight Christian Grosinsky (5-1 MMA, 0-0 SF), and Jeffrey Anderson (2-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) meets fellow undefeated 185-pounder Edmund Xehilli (6-0 MMA, 0-0 SF).

Rounding out the card are welterweights welterweights Joel Champion (1-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) vs. Sean Scott (2-3 MMA, 0-0 SF), bantamweights Rob Anderson (3-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) vs. Tim Worth (0-1 MMA, 0-0 SF), bantamweights Andres Acuna (2-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) vs. Edwin Louis (2-2 MMA, 0-0 SF), and bantamweights Jace Crawford (1-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) vs. Frankie Sainz (1-0 MMA, 0-0 SF).
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This series has clearly accomplished its purpose of exposing new MMA fighters to Strikeforce!
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Awesome to see this tourney going down! Can't wait to watch Ryan Couture especially, as well as the growth of women's MMA. Woot Strikeforce!
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What does Ryan Couture have to do with the growth of women's MMA?
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Lol. Fair point. I'm just saying that I'm looking forward to watching both, they just happen to take place on the same night.
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Just read this article about the event. Really interesting, I had no idea how significant it was to be returning MMA to Arizona. Ya'll should check it out:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/4...d-martial-arts

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MMA has always had deep roots in the Arizona desert. AZ has long been a part of the fabric of this great sport. As the sport evolved from its earliest days, The Grand Canyon State has continually contributed many assets to MMA.

Various competitors, coaches, managers, a living legend, and even a few world champions have been produced.

It started back in the days of living legend Don Frye as he pounded his way through UFC tournaments as one of the sport’s very first cross trained fighters.

Frye would lead the charge of a small platoon of elite competitors that would emerge from the dry heat of the desert. In his wake many would follow and succeed on various platforms across the sport ranging from the UFC, WEC, to Strikeforce and beyond.

As the sport evolved Frye would move on to Japan to compete in the legendary Pride Fighting Championships. Later guys like Drew Fickett, Joe Riggs, Ed West, Ryan Bader, C.B. Dollaway, Efrain Escudero, George Roop, Chad Griggs, Seth Baczynski, Jamie Varner, and WEC Champions Dominick Cruz and Ben Henderson would carve their way into MMA.

That list, for those who don't know, is a who’s who of Arizona mixed martial artists who have cut their teeth in regional promotions before making their way to some of the most recognizable promotions in the world.

Yet sadly, with all the talent and promise regarding fighters being trained and groomed for elite levels of competition, none of them has had the luxury of competing in front of their home crowd.

Sure elite local promotions like The World Fighting Federation provide crucial platforms for fighters to push off from as they reach for new heights as they progress beyond the local talent pool.

Yet for a guy like Ryan Bader or Dominick Cruz, the WFF is not an option for them. Quite simply their talent far exceeds the average quality of fighters competing at that regional level.

This forces them to compete in events held in Nevada, California, or anywhere the big boys of the MMA promotional world might ask them to compete. But never have any of them had the opportunity to compete for a major event at home.

That is all changing this Friday night. While many of the top shelf fighters mentioned have already found homes for themselves with top promotions, a guy like Joe “Diesel” Riggs has the unique opportunity to be one of the first elite AZ fighters to headline a major MMA event in his home state.

Strikeforce has become the first mainstream MMA promotion to breach the borders of AZ to bring a platform for elite fighters to compete in front of their home crowd.

Many would argue the WEC made a huge mistake when they opted to have home grown champs Jamie Varner and Ben Henderson unify the WEC LW title in California as opposed to their hometown of Phoenix AZ.

That event would have exposed a rabid mixed martial arts community that is chomping at the bit to earn their place as a valid and viable contributor to the MMA world.

Well one man’s trash is another man’s treasure they say, and Strikeforce is about to reap the rewards of taking a chance on fighters and fight fans in the desert. They are bringing their Challengers series to The Dodge Theater in Phoenix Friday night.

The card offers a mosaic of high quality MMA for fans to take in as they become the first promotion of their caliber to give these fighters and fans their day in the spotlight with a card that will be televised on Showtime.

It starts with an under card that features many local up and coming competitors from across the state. Local fans will recognize names like Andres Acuna, Joel Champion, or Ryan Diaz as they have been building their reputations under various regional promotions.

Those guys are all looking to seize the opportunity placed before them as they step onto the biggest stage of their young MMA careers to perform for the world of MMA under the Strikeforce banner.

On the main card, a name everyone will recognize is that of MMA royalty. Couture is a name that jumps off the fight card but it is not Randy Couture, it is his son Ryan who is making his pro MMA debut.

Ryan cut his teeth under the world class Tuff-N-Uff banner in Las Vegas as an amateur. Under the tutelage of his legendary father he has become quite a promising fighter. Young Couture is looking to take his first professional steps against Lucas Stark who is also making his pro debut.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the night is a four way women’s tournament that will decide the number one contender to Sarah Kaufman’s 135 pound title. It’s going down old school style as the tournament will be completed in one evening.

Don Frye must be proud of these warrior athletes who are laying it all on the line with no guaranteed opponent, only an opportunity to fight who ever comes their way on their way to the title shot they covet.

The tournament includes standouts Miesha Tate, Carina Damm, Hitomi Akano, and Maiju Kujala. Their quest should provide a very unique and riveting aspect to an already promising card.

The main event provides local fans a chance to see a long time staple in the ranks of AZ fighters. Joe Riggs (32-12) will be headlining this card as he squares off with Louis Taylor (6-1) in the main event of the evening.

Riggs is a hardened veteran of the game with a resume that includes wins over MMA standouts Chris Lytle, Phil Baroni, Kendall Grove, and current Strikeforce WW Champ Nick Diaz.

His opponent Taylor is a dangerous banger with four KO wins on his record. He will have his hands full with the crafty veteran Riggs who has a history littered with both KO and submission victories.

All in all, this card is a unique and extremely rare opportunity for the fighters and the fans who really are integral parts of this sport. Events like this don't come their way often if ever, and that aspect alone should provide the motivation to make this a memorable event on all accounts.

Having already experienced the local MMA community first hand for many years now this writer can almost guarantee that when The Dodge Theater fills up Friday night, and the Strikeforce brass gets a taste of the local MMA flavor, they will be sold on becoming a frequent visitor to the Grand Canyon State with their events.

In doing so they will blaze a path many promotions either didn't bother to pursue, or didn't realize was so rewarding. They will hopefully set a tone that opens the door for all of MMA to finally give AZ its due with regard to it being a knowledgeable and engaging MMA community.

Welcome Strikeforce, Arizona thanks you for the opportunity and support.
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