StrikeForce is bringing its “Challenger Series” event back to Northern California, as the prospect-focused event will make its San Jose
debut on Friday, February 26th
at the Civic Auditorium. The main event will feature South African middleweight Trevor Prangley (22-5), who trains part-time with San Jose
’s American Kickboxing Academy
, taking on top French fighter Karl Amoussou (11-2-1). Also showcased will be a women’s bout between undefeated Sarah Kaufman (10-0) and Takayo Hashi (12-1). The winner of that scrap will be awarded the first-ever StrikeForce Women’s Bantamweight Championship belt.
UFC veteran Prangley is currently on a five-fight win streak, and has faced notable fighters like Falaniko Vitale, Jorge Santiago, Yuki Kondo, Andrei Semenov, Chael Sonnen, Jeremy Horn, Travis Lutter, Matt Horwich, and “Babalu” Sobral. Standing on the other side of the cage will be top shelf French competitor Amoussou, a French fighter that has only been to a decision twice in his career. The South African’s wrestling skills will likely be on display against the striking game of the Frenchman, as he is known for his devastating knockout power and unorthodox fighting style. He is on a win streak of his own, with three straight wins.
A top undefeated fighter, Kaufman has finished eight of her ten opponents by TKO/KO. The 24 year-old is coming off two straight StrikeForce victories over Miesha Tate and Shayna Baszler, and is looking to become the first StrikeForce Women’s Bantamweight Championship title-holder. 32 year-old Hashi of Honbu, Tokyo, who is a former champion of Japan’s Smackgirl MMA promotion, will look to make history, as well. She is on an eight-fight winning streak of her own, and possesses some good all-around skills.
In other action, rising star Luke Rockhold (6-1) will clash with Paul Bradley (12-1) in a pivotal middleweight matchup that may see the winner move onto the bigger StrikeForce events. Also, James Terry (7-1) of San Jose will square off with Tarec Saffiedine (7-2) of Temecula, California in a welterweight (170 pounds) bout, while Raul Castillo (6-0) of Half Moon Bay, California will face fellow unbeaten middleweight Yancy Medeiros (4-0) of Waianae, Hawaii.
Tickets for the event, priced from $30, are on sale, and are available at the San Jose Civic Auditorium box office, Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) and online at Ticketmaster.com and http://www.strikeforce.com/
The fight card, as it stands, includes:
- Karl Amoussou vs. Trevor Prangley
- Takayo Hashi vs. Sarah Kaufman
- Paul Bradley vs. Luke Rockhold
- Tarec Saffiedine vs. James Terry
- Raul Castillo vs. Yancy Medeiros