(One of the above people has no clue that Strikeforce Challengers even exists.)
Depending on what kind of MMA fan you are, the Strikeforce Challengers series is either one of the many great ways to scout up and coming talent or one of the many open wounds that is bleeding Strikeforce to death. Regardless, Strikeforce Challengers 19 goes down tonight from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and features the likes of Ryan Couture, Jason “The Kansas City Bandit” High, and is headlined by a light heavyweight tilt between undefeated Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin and Nick “Leatherface” Rossborough. So if you determine whether or not to buy pay-per-views based on the originality of fighter’s nicknames, then this is the card for you.
Ryan Couture will be looking to erase the memory of his rather revealing loss to Matt Ricehouse back at Challengers 16, taking on 4-1 Wand Fight Team member Maka Watson. Since being ousted from the UFC following a unanimous decision loss to Charlie Brenneman, Jason High has gone on a five fight tear including a nasty technical submission via guillotine over Rudy “Bad News” Bears, and will be looking to continue his hot streak against Todd “Maniac” Moore, who most recently earned a unanimous decision victory over Mike Bronzoulis at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum.
Strikeforce Challengers 19 will be broadcast live (tape delayed on the west coast) on Showtime starting at 11 p.m.