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Talent Packed Card Announced for Strikeforce Challengers in Kansas City on November 20

Rudy Bears

Rudy Bears

A welterweight battle between highly touted rising prospects Tyron Woodley and Rudy Bears has been set as the main event of an upcoming Strikeforce Challengers card set for November 20.

The event will be taking place on a Friday from the Historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, airing live on Showtime.

Other bouts recently announced for the televised portion of the card include Bobby Voelker vs. Erik Apple (welterweight); Aaron Rosa vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (light heavyweight); and in 135-pound women’s fights, Kerry Vera vs. Kim “Sugar Free” Couture and Sarah Kaufman vs. Takayo Hashi.

With a record of 4-0, Woodley is widely regarded as one of the fastest rising welterweights in the business. The two-time All-American wrestler is set to duke it out with Kansas City native Rudy Bears, who himself is currently riding a six fight win streak, winning eight of his last nine.

Training alongside fighters such as Anderson Silva and the Nogueira Brothers, Feijao was widely viewed as one of the brightest prospects at 205 pounds before a recent TKO defeat at the hands of Mike Kyle knocked the aggressive Brazilian off course. Cavalcante will be looking to right the ship when he faces off with Rosa, who sports a career record of 12-2, putting together wins in his last two outings. The bout between the two is being billed as one with potential title consequences at light heavyweight for the winner.

Apple, who has only tasted defeat once in his eleven professional bouts at the hands of Brock Larson, will be testing himself against the always game Bobby Voelker, who has amassed an impressive career record of 20-7, winning three of his last four.

In one of two female bouts, Kim Couture, former wife of UFC veteran Randy, will be facing off with Kerry Vera, wife to UFC light heavyweight Brandon. The irony of the match-up is the fact that Randy Couture and Brandon Vera are set to square off during the main event of UFC 105, scheduled just one week prior.

Also in action on November 20 will be undefeated wrecking machine Sarah Kaufman, who is fresh off of her Strikeforce victories over Miesha Tate and Shayna Baszler, putting her 10-0 record on the line when she meets up with the widely respected Takayo Hashi from Japan, who has won her last eight in a row.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Woodly looked like a beast in the last challengers event, I cant wait to watch him develope into a top 10 fighter. I also have to admit I am excited to see Kim Couture back ina action, thats a interesting bout lined up hopefully Ms Vera and Couture will put on a exciting fight as the women almost always do for strikeforce. Ever since Sara Kaufmann beat my favirote female fighter(Meisha Taite) I have been watching her and she is a great fighter so a all around great card imo.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Kim ‘Sugar Free’ Couture?
    thats a lame nick name!

  • Joseph says:

    This is an EXCELLENT challengers card for Strikeforce. They are doing it really big lately with their next 4 shows in the span of 2 months. Amazing!

  • edub says:

    Woodley by tko rd 2
    Feijao by rnc rd 1 or 2… I think he’s(Feijao) gonna look very impressive in this fight.
    Kerry Vera by KO against Kim “Golddigger” Couture
    Takayo Hashi by upset sub against Sarah Kaufman

    My picks…

    …Of course all of these will probably be wrong so…

  • Angry Mike says:

    Now that she’s single, Couture should go with Kim “Free Agent” Couture. Or maybe Kim “No more sugar daddy” Couture. Or Kim “Irreconcilable Differences” Couture. Or Kim “Community Property” Couture. Somebody stop me … .

  • edub says:

    Kim “Im divorced but I still go by” Couture

  • Kim “No Pre-Nup” Couture, if she’s lucky.

  • meatloaf says:

    I think this is the best Challengers card yet. Even better than the one with Villasenor/Cyborg & Kaufman/Baszler.
    I think Shane DelRosario is a beast and has incredible muay thai. I know a lot of people are all over Feijao’s nuts, but I like Aaron Rosa in this fight and Tyron Woodley is an awesome athlete.
    Should be a great night of fights.

    I don’t know maybe it’s me but I like Kim Couture’s nickname and I’m not too fond of every fighter thinking he or she needs a nickname.


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