Strikeforce is set to pull the trigger on the fifth installment of its Challenger Series TONIGHT (Nov. 20) from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
"Woodley vs. Bears" features an 11-fight card, including a welterweight main event between undefeated wrestling sensation Tyron "T-Wood" Woodley and winner of six straight, Rudy Bears. Also on tap is a female battle between the wives of current UFC light heavyweight fighters Randy Couture and Brandon Vera as Kim "Sugar Free" Couture and Kerry Vera are set to mix it up in a 135-pound affair.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of the event, beginning with the Showtime telecast at 11 p.m. ET. In addition, up-to-the-minute quick results of all the other under card bouts will begin to flow around 9:00 p.m. ET.
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Tyron Woodley defeats Rudy Bears via submission (triangle choke) at 2:52 of round one
Kerry Vera defeats Kim "Sugar Free" Couture via technical knockout (strikes) at 3:35 of round one
Bobby Voelker defeats Erik "Bad" Apple via technical knockout (strikes) at 1:23 of round two
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante defeats Aaron Rosa via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Kevin Casey defeats Chad Vance via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:41 of round one
Lee Gibson defeats Joe Wilk via technical knockout (strikes) at 4:39 of round one
Brian Davidson defeats Russel Patrick via technical knockout (strikes) at 0:29 of round one
Nick Nolte defeats Andrew Waters via submission (triangle choke) at 3:45 of round one
Darryl Cobb defeats Gary Tapasua via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Mike Chandler defeats Rich Bouphanouvong via technical knockout (strikes) at 2:07 of round two
Lucas Lopes defeats Dominic Brown via technical knockout (strikes) at 0:45 of round two
Strikeforce Challenger Series V PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
170 lbs.: Tyron Woodley vs. Rudy Bears
Round one: Bears fakes a leg kick. Woodley connects on a straight right. Bears leans in and Woodley just misses on a combo. A clinch now and Woodley gets a slamming takedown. He's working the ground and pound from half guard at a very fast pace. He's trying to get to mount, but Bears is defending well. Now he's got it. Bears tries to buck out, but Woodley stays on him. Bears somehow squirms out and they're back on the feet. Thai clinch by Woodley. He lands a few knees before separating. High kick from Bears gets blocked and Woodley gets a tackling takedown right after. Arm triangle attempt for Woodley in Bears' half guard. Side mount now and the choke is sunk in. Bears has no escape and this fight is over, making Tyron Woodley 5-0 as a professional with all 5 wins by submission.
Final result: Tyron "T-Wood" Woodley defeats Rudy Bears via submission (arm triangle) at 2:52 of round one
Kerry Vera vs. Kim "Sugar Free" Couture
Round one: Gloves touch and we're underway. Couture fakes a shot and leans right in with a right hand. Vera makes her pay with a brutal combo. Couture shrugs it off and initiates a clinch. Knee from Vera and she punches out of the clinch. Nice left jab from Couture. Couture leans in and gets drilled with a left hook from Vera. Couture clinches and is looking for the takedown. Vera defends it well and punches her way out. Big combo from Vera. Couture answers with a big left hand of her own. Couture clinches again and Vera makes her pay with two or three punches. Couture punches out this time and they separate. Vera leans in and eats another jab from Couture. Vera catches Couture with a big left hand. She's backpedaling and Vera moves in for the kill. Couture circles out and looks okay now. Another clinch and Vera is working the dirty boxing and the knees. Couture looking for a single, but Vera defends it well again, pushes out and starts teeing off on Couture. Couture is getting drilled with punches. She's not defending and she's in a ton of trouble. Vera continues to lay into her and finally she drops and this fight is over. Very, very impressive win for Kerry Vera over a tough Kim Couture. Good fight.
Final result: Kerry Vera defeats Kim "Sugar Free" Couture via technical knockout at 3:35 of round one
Erik Apple vs. Bobby Voelker
Round one: Big exchange right off the back and Voelker gets dropped. Apple jumps on him and is relentlessly trying to finish him off. Somehow Voelker escapes back to his feet and weathers the storm with a clinch. Apple is working the dirty boxing from there as the action has slowed down since the fast start. They separate, trade right hands on the chin and go right back to the clinch. Apple attempts a takedown, but Voelker easily defends it. Voelker gets separation. He catches a kick from Apple and lands a nice right hand. Back to the clinch and now Apple gets the takedown. He's working the ground strikes from Voelker's guard and Voelker somehow escapes back to his feet and they're going at it again right in the center of the cage. Voelker catches another one on the chin and initiates another clinch. Knees from Apple. Voelker gets a tripping takedown and now he's on top in Apple's full guard. Voelker is connecting on some hard ground strikes now and Apple is in trouble. He's teeing off on Apple's head with 30 seconds to go in the round. Apple is taking some hard shots and gets saved by the bell. Wow, great round. Voelker 10-9.
Round two: Action right away to start round two as both fighters are swinging for the fences. Tripping takedown from Voelker and he's looking for more ground and pound. Apple works back to his feet and they separate. More big punches from both guys and Voelker drops Apple with a huge overhand right. Apple is down and he's in big big trouble. Voelker is not going to let him up this time and the referee is finally forced to intervene. Great fight and win for Bobby Voelker!
Final result: Bobby Voelker defeats Erik "Bad" Apple via technical knockout (strikes) at 1:23 of round two
Aaron Rosa vs. Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante
Round one: Gloves touch and we're underway. Rosa leans in with a combination of five or six punches. Feijao initiates a clinch and works some knees. They're battling for position and Feijao scores a slamming takedown. Rosa pops right back to his feet and they stay in the clinch with Rosa's back against the fence. They trade a few body shots and Feijao starts in with some knees to Rosa's legs. Not a lot of action going on here as both fighters continue to battle for position. Boos can be heard from the crowd. Anderson Silva can also be heard screaming like a mad man from Feijao's corner. Finally the referee calls for a separation, much to the delight of the crowd. Rosa throws out a punch and Feijao goes right back to the clinch. He puts Rosa's back against the fence and starts in with more knees to the thigh. Now foot stomps. Takedown attempt from Feijao gets him nowhere. Nice job by Rosa. Not much action and the round ends with more boos from the crowd. Tough round to score.
Round two: Rosa takes the center of the cage and leans out with a few jabs. A left hook, right hand combo misses from Rosa. A leg kick finds a home though. Feijao now leaning in with a body shot combo and he charges all the way in for another clinch. The crowd boos right away. Body shots from both fighters and Rosa pushes out. More jabs from Rosa and he connects on a left hook. Leg kick from Rosa. Feijao misses on a wild left hook. Flying knee to the body from Feijao stuns Rosa. Takedown right away for Feijao and he's raining down the ground and pound. Rosa gets him in full guard and is now defending nicely. Feijao is pushing Rosa towards the cage and Feijao gets caught red handed throwing a forearm to the head (illegal in Strikeforce.) That forces a stand up from the referee. Feijao pleads his case then gets right back to work. He lands a huge punch and Rosa is hurt. He drops to the canvas. The Brazilian pounces and easily finishes off the downed opponent. Pretty good ending to an otherwise lackluster fight. Big win for Feijao.
Final result: Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante defeats Aaron Rosa by technical knockout (strikes) in round two