Strikeforce Challengers 10: Meet the lovely ladies set to kick butt on Aug. 13 in Phoenix


Strikeforce is just days away from their four woman, single elimination tournament set for the upcoming "Challengers X" Showtime event on Aug. 13 from the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.

The winner of that tournament becomes the number two contender to the Strikeforce Woman's Welterweight Championship, currently held by undefeated Canadian Sarah Kaufman (12-0).

So why number two?

Well, dazzling Dutch damsel Marloes Coenen dibbed the number one contender spot after she slimmed down from 145-pounds following her gruesome sepulture at the hands of "Cyborg" Santos earlier this year.

Coenen will now fight Kaufman, setting up a third title bout for 2011 that will include one of those two ladies versus one of these four:

Miesha "Takedown" Tate (9-2)
Carina "Beauty But The Beast" Damm (15-3)
Hitomi "Girlfight Monster" Akano (15-7)
Maiju Kujala (4-1)

Tournament rules and the draw to determine the semifinal match-ups won't be revealed until the official "Challengers X" weigh-ins on Thursday, Aug. 12. So not only does the winner have to compete twice in one night, they have to go in blind until a day before the contest.

Each of the three tournament bouts are scheduled for three, three-minute rounds.

The Aug. 13 telecast will air live at 11 p.m. ET beginning with the two semi-final bouts. The winners of each bout will compete in the tournament final later that night prior to the main event match-up of Joe Riggs vs. Louis Taylor.

From Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker:

"We are going to fast-track these four talented prospects in a quest to determine the best in this deep women's division. Having all four women square off on one night with the chance to separate themselves from the pack is what Strikeforce Challengers is all about."

Should be interesting.

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