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Undefeated up-and-comers Woodley and Cormier highlight Strikeforce Challengers event in January

Strikeforce will head back to Nashville on January 7, site of the promotion’s infamous post-fight brawl this past April, with a pair of co-headlining bouts featuring two of the sport’s undefeated blue-chippers, Tyron Woodley and Daniel Cormier. The organization officially announced Strikeforce Challengers 13 over the weekend, as well as the opponents each rising star will face.

As first reported on Five Ounces of Pain, American Kickboxing Academy heavyweight Daniel Cormier will put his 6-0 record on the line against the most-experienced adversary of his career, Devin Cole. Cole is 18-8-1 and has spent time in the ring with a number of notable fighters including Ben Rothwell, Jeff Monson, and current Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.

Woodley, who is 7-0, will also face one of the stiffer tests he’s encountered in MMA thus far in the form of Belgian competitor Tarec Saffiedine. The 24-year old Saffiedine has won his last three bouts, including a unanimous decision over widely respected welterweight Brock Larson in September, and has yet to be finished in twelve total fights.

The event will also feature Julia Budd against Amanda Nunes is female middleweight action, as well as dueling Nates in the form of Nate Coy and Nate Moore in 170-pound action.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I think both these guys are ready for the main stage… Continue to groom them but to give them to the bigger stage

  • MCM says:

    I don’t know what is more shocking, the fact that they still put Cormier and Woodley on Challengers cards or that they already have opponents for them.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    This is perfect. Both r amazing prospects but there is no need to rush them. Strikeforce needs to go the way of J. Jones not Brock Lesnar.

  • MCM says:

    I don’t think it’s “rushing” them by putting them on bigger shows and trying to get a larger audience invested them. I’m not even suggesting they change up opponents, Tarec Saffiedine is gonna give Woodley fits and is a great match up for both guys.
    All I’m saying is that ever since signing Fedor, Strikeforce has heavily showcased fighters that made their names in other organizations while neglecting their own talent and failing to build their own stars. Cormier is the only HW on their roster that did not make a name for himself somewhere else before winding up in Stikeforce. They could promote him the same way they did Cung Le and it could easily be a win/win for fighter and org.


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