After months of speculation on location and lineup, an official announcement has finally come forth from Strikeforce in regards to a summer stop in Las Vegas for the first of what are expected to be many Strikeforce Challengers events to be held in Sin City.
According to a press release, Strikeforce Challengers 17 will emanate from the Pearl at the Palms on July 22 and will feature the conclusion to the trilogy between Roger Bowling and Bobby Voelker who split their first two fights. Also set for the card, former 135-pound female champion Sarah Kaufman will take on aggressive grappler Liz Carmouche with heavyweights Lavar Johnson and Devin Cole duking it out as well.
“The rubber match between Voelker and Bowling will not only settle the score between the two, but it will also help determine another rising contender in the welterweight division,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker explained. “This event on July 22 is loaded with potentially explosive fights and we’re excited to kick off our relationship with the Palms with such a great card.”
A bout between 185-pound prospects Adlan Amagov (7-1-1) and Ron Stallings (9-3) will also take place when things unfold from the arena.
Fans can tune in to watch live action on Showtime starting at 11:00 PM EST/PST (tape-delayed on the West Coast).