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March 24, 2010 by Stephen Quadros

Hello ladies and gentleman, welcome my preview of Strikeforce Challengers: Fresno. The five televised bouts set for Friday, March 26th from the SaveMart Center offer a miscellaneous collection of new faces and standard, if not occasionally whacky styles.

-Lavar “Big” Johnson vs. Lolohea Mahe

Lolohea Mahe is a raging monster from the island of Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii. Cutting from 320 pounds down to the 265 pound heavyweight limit will make him the bigger and most likely the stronger of the two by the time they enter the cage. But Lavar Johnson packs a “big” punch and will be the faster and more experienced fighter. Movement is key for Lavar to take this into the deeper waters of the 2nd and 3rd rounds and then check Mahe’s chin with his ‘one-shot-solution’, the right hand. Lolohea needs to turn this an ugly, non-technical fight where he bullies Johnson to the fence, roughs his way into a takedown and the gets mean with ground and pound. If Mahe stays on the outside or is slow on his entry for the clinch, then he will fall victim to the accuracy of Lavar Johnson’s bazooka.

-Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Frausto vs. Miesha “Takedown” Tate

In this ultra-intriguing 135-pound ladies match, both women are coming in with momentum. Zoila Frausto is 5-0 and is looking to get taken seriously in the title picture by beating a ranked fighter like Tate, who will be an enormous step in quality of opposition. Miesha Tate has been in with some of the best females in the world and been impressive. Even in her losing battle (by decision) to current Strikeforce 135 pound champion Sarah Kaufman, Tate had good moments and showed memorable durability. Yes, this is another striker (Frausto) versus wrestler (Tate) match, but both women have worked hard top close the technical gap to really be thought of first and foremost as mixed martial artists. “That being said”…Frausto needs to use her speed and straight punches and kicks to land on Tate and then immediately employ side to side movement to being cornered and clinched. Tate needs to stay either really far away in hopes of sucking Zoila into moving forward into a trap clinch, of really close, pummeling into a body lock or dropping levels to a single or double leg takedown.

-Andre Galvao vs. Luke Stewart

Rorion Gracie has said that if someone beats a member of his family using jiu-jitsu, it’s still a victory for jiu-jitsu. One could easily apply that philosophy to this match because Luke Stewart and Andre Galvao have backgrounds in he grappling art (BJJ). But let’s be honest, Galvao is by far the more dangerous in a straight jiu-jits match. But Luke Stewart, who is trained by Ralph Gracie, is more of an MMA grappler at this point, meaning he is more adept technically with adding strikes to the ground game to set up a submission. This is Stewart’s key to survival; punch Galvao in the face as often as possible. Because if he doesn’t, he’ll be tapping.

-Ron “Abongo” Humphrey vs. George Bush III

This one is going to be fun and potentially explosive because both fighters are a little rough around the technical edges and are aggressive. That always makes for thrilling swing fests, until somebody gets clipped. George Bush III must time his straight punched to always find jaw gold, where “Abongo” Humphrey must use hid advanced ‘shake and bake’ caffeinated footwork style then land that baseball bat roundhouse kick upstairs.

-Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox vs. Shamar Bailey

Smaller, (once) highly ranked wrestler (Justin Wilcox) against larger, less decorated wrestler (Shamar Bailey)…hmm. The fact that this is a catch weight fight, with Wilcox fighting up and Bailey dropping down, makes this a little bit more compelling. But truthfully I feel Justin Wilcox is better in every area, except for maybe pure strength, but how will this weight cut be a factor against Shamar in even that area? We’ll see…

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Thanks for the article, man. Looking forward to the fights, and try and do better on Friday night anybody. Galvao will be who I look forward to the most. He was fun to watch in that DREAM grand prix. And I just found out about Showtime being free from Thurs. to Sunday (if you have cable/satellite) and this show's in the middle of that :thumbsup:
 

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Pumped to see the returns of Lavar and Abongo...

Abongo dropping to LHW is gonna make things interesting. His only loss that I remember was to Brett Rogers and it took Brett alot to win that fight. Guy has a chin that won't give....

Lavar as an active HW in those ranks is gonna make things fun as well.. I need to see him fight Shane Del Rosario or Bobby Lashley to help sort things out there...






Can anybody tell me why Quadros doesn't do commentary for the major strikeforce fight cards?
He does.
 

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Pumped to see the returns of Lavar and Abongo...

Abongo dropping to LHW is gonna make things interesting. His only loss that I remember was to Brett Rogers and it took Brett alot to win that fight. Guy has a chin that won't give....

Lavar as an active HW in those ranks is gonna make things fun as well.. I need to see him fight Shane Del Rosario or Bobby Lashley to help sort things out there...








He does.
A lot of the guys on this card seem like exciting prospects. Abongo and Lavar are two that i'm keeping an eye on.
On the Fedor vs Rogers event I didnt recognize any of the commentators voices as Quadros, it sounded like the guy what replaced him after Pride 27 "Inferno"
 

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A lot of the guys on this card seem like exciting prospects. Abongo and Lavar are two that i'm keeping an eye on.
On the Fedor vs Rogers event I didnt recognize any of the commentators voices as Quadros, it sounded like the guy what replaced him after Pride 27 "Inferno"
I'm pretty sure he's commentated all of the major and prospect SF cards but I'm not sure if he was there for Rogers/Fedor...

maybe he was getting those glorious teeth polished...

He's good in alot of ways behind the scenes but at times his insight can get painful..
 

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...Stephen Quadros is fantastic. He used to do kickboxing. He knows the game like the back of his hand. His commentary in Pride was unsurpassed. Mauro Ranallo, Gus Johnson & Frank Shamrock did Fedor/Rogers...
 
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