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.