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Heads-Up: Tate, Galvao, and ‘Big’ Johnson Fighting at ‘Strikeforce Challengers’ Tonight


(Lolohea Mahe’s body is eerily similar to what my legal pad looks like during boring conference calls. Photo courtesy of Esther Lin/Strikeforce.)

As a light appetizer to tomorrow’s big show, Strikeforce is having its latest Challengers event tonight at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The main card will be broadcast on Showtime starting at 11:45 p.m. ET/PT. If you don’t subscribe to Showtime, you’re in luck — the network will be available for free this weekend in 54.4 million households as part of their All Access Free Preview Weekend.

So why is tonight’s event worth DVR’ing? Well, you’ve got Hottest Women in MMA honoree Miesha Tate (8-2) taking on undefeated prospect (and former Fresno City College soccer player) Zoila Frausto (5-0) in a 135-pound contest. Jiu-jitsu phenom Andre Galvao (3-1) will try to rebound from his first MMA loss — a split-decision against Jason High at the DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix semi-finals — against Strikeforce veteran Luke Stweart (6-2). And in the main event, Fresno native Lavar Johnson (11-3) will take on Hawaiian heavyweight Lolohea Mahe (3-0-1). It will be Johnson’s first cage-appearance since his 18-second knockout of Carl Seumanutafa last May. In July, Johnson was shot in the abdomen by an unidentified gunman while attending a family barbecue. Four other people were shot during the incident, with one of them dying at the scene. Expect a hero’s welcome from the hometown crowd tonight.

The full lineup and weigh-in results are after the jump. No, not all fighters made their contracted weights, but they all tried, which I think is totally admirable.


Main Card
Lavar Johnson (241) vs. Lolohea Mahe (267)*
Ron "Abongo" Humphrey (203.6) vs. George Bush III (206)
Luke Stewart (171.2)* vs. Andre Galvao (170.4)
Zoila Frausto (132.4) vs. Miesha Tate (136)
Justin Wilcox (160.8) vs. Shamar Bailey (161)

Preliminary Card
Daniel Cormier (242) vs. John Devine (253.2)
Paul Ruiz (134.8) vs. TBA
Trinidad Valdez (168) vs. Ricky Jackson (169)
Avery Kaleo (143.2) vs. Chris Buron (144)

* Missed weight, but fight will proceed as planned.

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belou- March 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm
I'm surprised nobody has commented on Mahe's obvious right-handedness...
leocesario- March 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm
What the f*ck is wrong with this guy's eyebrows?
JCVD as Timecop- March 26, 2010 at 11:23 am
@T.Bone
Fucking well played. I'm actually clapping right now.
rlh61- March 26, 2010 at 11:11 am
That's a baby? I thought it was Johnathan Winters...or Walter Matthau.
T.Bone- March 26, 2010 at 10:01 am
if we read his body closely we may figure out how to get to dry land
jimbonics- March 26, 2010 at 9:43 am
Is that why he got Natasha and Logan fired? Stupid Josh Koscheck...
J-Dog- March 26, 2010 at 9:30 am
Glad to see my homeboy Shamar Bailey making the main card!
cecils_pupils- March 26, 2010 at 9:26 am
Mahe's tatts look like he got bored in prison and let his bitch doodle on his chest with a Carayola.
ReX13- March 26, 2010 at 9:25 am
Shhhhhhh, Ariani is Ben's dream girl--you better not say anything bad about her...
jimbonics- March 26, 2010 at 9:18 am
Rex, I'm not exactly saying she's hot... I'm just saying she's hotter than Ariani or Black Wanderlei.
superflat- March 26, 2010 at 9:15 am
That baby on his chest is crying for a reason.
rlh61- March 26, 2010 at 9:08 am
ReX13

I didn't notice she had bleached blonde hair...hell I didn't even notice she had a head...
ReX13- March 26, 2010 at 8:55 am
whoa whoa whoa...jimbo you been drinking this morning?


Bleached blonde hair with dark brown eyes is an abomination of nature. Thumbs down.
destinationblood- March 26, 2010 at 8:32 am
damn how tall is Lolohea Mahe?!? he doesnt look that big at all for 267
rocejize- March 26, 2010 at 8:31 am
that ring girl behind him (fake or not) is hot as shit. wish i knew her name.
Titos Head- March 26, 2010 at 8:30 am
@jimbonics ya NO SHIT! whats the deal with that!?
jimbonics- March 26, 2010 at 8:21 am
I'll take TBA via RNC over Ruiz.
jimbonics- March 26, 2010 at 8:20 am
Homegirl in the back is hotter than anything the UFC has.
Boo- March 26, 2010 at 7:56 am
fix your typos, shit bird.
Perennial- March 26, 2010 at 7:38 am
Aye, good shit.
Viva Hate- March 26, 2010 at 7:38 am
A million terrible tattoos all still better than Melvin Costa’s
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