A week before Strikeforce entertains fans in California with an event featuring title-defenses from Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez the promotion will head to Diaz’s home-base of Stockton, California for Strikeforce Challengers 15. The event will take place at the Stockton Arena and will be shown live on Showtime at 11:00 PM EST.
Headlined by a bout between 10-3 Justin Wilcox and Brazilian BJJer Rodrigo Damm, the card will also feature the company’s in-ring unveiling of 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist judoka Satoshi Ishii who faces 6-1 striker Scott Lighty in 205-pound action. Also on the main card, exciting lightweight David Douglas look for his third consecutive victory with Caros Fodor standing in his way of the trifecta.
Wilcox is coming off a unanimous decision win over Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro in the biggest fight of his career this past November at Strikeforce Challengers 12. He has found success in nine of his last ten outings including triumphs over Shamar Bailey, Daisuke Nakamura, and Gabe Ruediger.
On the flipside, the 9-4 Damm has struggled since mid-2008 going 1-3 over the span including a loss to Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez in April 2009. However, he holds past victories over a handful of respectable opponents including Strikeforce 155-pounder Jorge Masvidal and could pose a significant submission threat from the bottom to a grappler like Wilcox.
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