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Full Lineup Set for ‘Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg’


(Cristiane and Evangelista’s high school class voted them "Most Likely to Push Your Shit In." Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.)

No rest for the hardcore MMA fan: Strikeforce’s second "Challengers" event goes down this Friday at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington — a day before the TUF 9 finale in Las Vegas. Headlining the Strikeforce card will be a middleweight matchup between two exciting strikers: Team Jackson product “Smokin’” Joey Villasenor and Chute Boxe veteran Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. Both guys are coming off extended layoffs; Villasenor hasn’t competed since his first-round TKO win over Phil Baroni last May, and Santos is coming back from an elbow injury suffered in a Sengoku fight against Siyar Bahadurzada in September.

Also on the card: Highly-regarded welterweight Nick Thompson takes a middleweight fight against Tim Kennedy out of desperation, UFC vet Jorge Gurgel makes his Strikeforce debut against bully-beater Conor Heun, and Sarah Kaufman and Shayna Baszler will test out Strikeforce’s new five-minute-rounds policy in the night’s sole women’s feature. Not bad for premium cable. The full lineup is after the jump.


MAIN CARD (Showtime, 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT)
- “Smokin” Joey Villasenor (26-6) vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (16-12)
- Nick “The Goat” Thompson (38-10-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (9-2)
- Jorge Gurgel (12-5) vs. Conor “Hurricane” Heun (8-2)
- Sarah Kaufman (8-0) vs. Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (9-5)
- Cory “The One” Devela (9-2) vs. Luke Rockhold (4-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD
- Dennis “Superman” Hallman (40-12-2) vs. Cedric “Spider Marks” Marks (26-18)
- Brian Caraway (10-3) vs. Alex Zuniga (2-1)
- Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig (18-8)
- Landon “The Show” Showalter (7-12-1) vs. Travis “The Praying Mantis” Doerge (4-8)
- Len Bentley (3-2) vs. Marques Daniels (1-2)
- Steve Hadsel (1-0) vs. Taylor Roberts (1-1)

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AliveMMA- June 16, 2009 at 5:53 pm
"THAT'S A HUGE BITCH" ... You said it Deuce Bigelow.
Bob Reilly- June 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm
I bet her clit is 8 inches long and has testicles.
Junk Puncher- June 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm
So will Jorge Gurgel actually use his BJJ this time? Or will he stay standing and lose like he did in the UFC? Hopefully he learned from his mistakes.
VegasBJJ- June 16, 2009 at 9:06 am
Sucks to see "Bang" on the undercard - he's an exciting fighter.

FreddyFangers- June 16, 2009 at 9:03 am
@SSTT
WTF!! I agree with cookie monster on this, you got some issues you need to work out....Also, if neither of them had pants on you still would not be able to tell which one was Cristiane......
Kevin Marshall- June 16, 2009 at 9:00 am
Yeah, suddenly "The Horror" Show doesn't seem like a terrible nickname.

I mean, look at these guys. "Spider Marks" Marks? "The Show" Showalter? "FANCY PANTS"?!
NECROPHYTE- June 16, 2009 at 8:50 am
I hope Smokin Joe fucks Cyborg's world up.
cwr- June 16, 2009 at 8:13 am
I'm with Surfin Dave on this one... I'd like to see Ludwig on the main card too.
Cookie Monster- June 16, 2009 at 8:00 am
Christiane actually looks atractive???? you better rub those eyes a little harder and wake your ass up. I bet if they both had shirts on you can't even tell which one is Cris. Don't ever say that again, ever. please
Surfin Dave- June 16, 2009 at 6:52 am
Dang, how come Fancy Pants and Bang aren't on the main card?!?
SSTT- June 16, 2009 at 6:31 am
Christiane actually looks attractive in this photo.
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