We may be entering a month-long UFC drought until "Machida vs. Shogun," but all is not lost. Strikeforce is putting on its latest "Challengers" event tonight at the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the main card will be broadcast live on Showtime starting at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. Here’s what’s in store…
Tim Kennedy (10-2) vs. Zak Cummings (10-0)
Army Ranger Tim Kennedy, who most recently scored a TKO over Nick Thompson at the last Strikeforce Challengers show in June, takes on undefeated middleweight prospect Zak Cummings, who enters the fight as a replacement for the injured Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos. Cummings defeated Terry Martin by split-decision earlier this year, and most recently scored a TKO victory over Dominic Brown in May.
Ray "Sugarfoot" Sefo (1-0) vs. Kevin Jordan (11-7)
Five-time Muay Thai world champion Ray Sefo, who hasn’t competed in MMA since a knockout of Min Soo Kim in 2005, tries his hand at cagefighting once again in this heavyweight bout against journeyman Kevin Jordan, who you might remember from his UFC losses to Paul Buentello and Gabriel Gonzaga. On August 1st, Jordan won a unanimous decision over UFC old-schooler Patrick Smith, breaking a two-fight losing streak.
Tyron Woodley (3-0) vs. Zach Light (6-8)
Up-and-comer Tyron Woodley transitioned to MMA after wrestling for the University of Missouri; he went 7-0 as an amateur before turning pro, ending every fight by stoppage. Zach Light made one UFC appearance in 2002 — an armbar loss to Pete Spratt at UFC 37.5, and has since made appearances in the WEC and Bodog Fight. Light is currently on a three-fight losing streak.
Thomas Longacre (4-0) vs. Travis Calanoc (4-0)
Longacre and Calanoc are two undefeated featherweight prospects who have fought primarily in Oklahoma; Calanoc is a Tulsa native. You may not have heard of them, but expect the local fans to show their support.
Daniel Cormier (0-0) vs. Gary Frazier (0-0)
Cormier is a highly decorated amateur wrestler who was an NCAA runner-up at Oklahoma State University, and achieved a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Olympic Games. He’s been training at American Kickboxing Academy for his MMA debut, which will come against fellow heavyweight Gary Frazier, another Oklahoma native was was a two-time state champion wrestler in high school and played football at Oklahoma A&M. Frazier won his amateur MMA debut via first-round TKO (cut) in June.