Strikeforce Challengers 11
Date: Oct 22, 2010
Location: Fresno, California
Venue: Save Mart Center
* Roger Bowling vs. Bobby Voelker
* Billy Evangelista vs. Waachiim "Native Warrior" Spiritwolf
* Lavar Johnson vs. Virgil Zwicker
* Julia Budd vs. Shana Olsen
* Dominic Clark vs. David Douglas
* Gregg Baker vs. Paul Ruiz*
* Avery Kaykeo vs. Richard Parra*
* Chris Bonilla vs. Alvaro Corral*
* Sean Baker vs. Nick Bustamonte*
* Keith Cutrone vs. Brandon Horton*
* Luis Briseno vs. Ivan Watts*
* Christian Buron vs. Mike Gonzales*
Next month's Strikeforce Challengers 11 event is now official.
Strikeforce officials today announced a trio of bouts for the card, including a headlining rematch between Roger Bowling (8-0 MMA, 1-0 SF) and Bobby Voelker (22-8 MMA, 2-1 SF), a Billy Evangelista (10-0 MMA, 6-0 SF) vs. Waachiim "Native Warrior" Spiritwolf (8-6-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) catchweight fight, and Lavar Johnson's (14-3 MMA, 2-0 SF) return against an opponent to be named.
Strikeforce Challengers 11 takes place Oct. 22 and airs on Showtime.
The event takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. Tickets go on sale Friday, though a presale starts Wednesday for "Strikeforce Insider" e-newsletter subscribers.
Bowling and Voelker first met in May at Strikeforce Challengers 8. Bowling, a veteran of the Ohio-based MMA Big Show promotion, dominated the first two rounds of the welterweight fight before he suffered an accidental eyepoke. With Bowling unable to continue in the otherwise-entertaining fight, officials were forced to go to the judges' scorecards. Bowling earned the technical-decision win.
The victory moved the Ohio fighter to 8-0 and marked his first-ever decision win. Voelker, a veteran of the Midwest fight circuit, is now 2-1 in Strikeforce with wins over Erik Apple and Cory Devela.
Evangelista, meanwhile, returns from a near-year-long layoff. The rising lightweight contender, who most recently topped Jorge Gurgel at Strikeforce Challengers 4 in November 2009, now enters a 165-pound catchweight fight to take on Spiritwolf, a King of the Cage vet who recently dropped a unanimous decision to Delson Heleno after a 4-1-1 run in a variety of regional promotions.
Johnson, meanwhile, recently headlined Strikeforce Challengers 7 and topped Lolohea Mahe via second-round TKO. The fight was first his since being sidelined by a shooting at a family reunion in mid-2009 and marked his sixth straight win overall.
A heavyweight bout between Lavar Johnson (10-0 MMA, 6-0 SF) and Virgil Zwicker (8-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) is set for this month's Strikeforce Challengers 11 event.
So, too, is a women's 145-pound matchup between unbeaten Shana Olsen (4-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) and Canadian Muay Thai champion Julia Budd (0-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), officials recently announced.
Strikeforce Challengers 11 takes place Oct. 22 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and the night's main card airs on Showtime.
Johnson recently headlined Strikeforce Challengers 7 and topped Lolohea Mahe via second-round TKO. The fight was first his since being sidelined by a shooting at a family reunion in mid-2009. It also marked his sixth straight win overall.
Zwicker, a member of the San Pasqual band of Kumeyaay Indians, made his pro debut in 2003 and posted eight consecutive victories, six of which came via knockout. The streak, though, recently came to a halt when he dropped a unanimous decision to Cody Goodale, a day-of-fight replacement who had a 40-pound advantage, at a Gladiator Challenge event.
Olsen, meanwhile, turned pro 17 month ago and has posted four consecutive wins in a variety of organizations. Most recently she scored a decision win over Yoko Takahashi (14-10-3 at the time), and this past December, she knocked out Kaitlin Young (4-2), who is perhaps best known for a CBS-televised EliteXC loss to Gina Carano.
Olsen had been scheduled to fight Erin Toughill under the Strikeforce banner in August, but her opponent couldn't make the needed weight cut.
Her new opponent, Budd, makes her pro MMA debut at the event. The Canadian-based fighter, fitness model and personal trainer owns a 10-1 Muay Thai record, which includes a decision win over Carano.