Two Stars Emerge from Strikeforce Challengers 17

Strikeforce Challengers landed in Las Vegas for the first time in the promotion’s history, and the event proved itself worthy of the bigger stage. Two stars emerged from Strikeforce Challengers 17: Ovince St. Preux and Bobby Voelker.

OSP had a very busy 2010, fighting six times, three for Strikeforce and winning them all. Friday night’s event marked the second professional fight in 2011 for OSP, and he easily dispatched Joe Cason, showcasing his impressive striking bringing an end to the fight at 1:12 of the first round.

I’m a big fan of the 205-pounders. OSP has proven he can handle himself against several different types of fighters, and I look forward to his rise within the Strikeforce promotion. He’s an exciting mixed martial artist who always puts on a show. I’m guessing this was his last time fighting under the “Challengers” banner…

The other star to emerge from Strikeforce Challengers 17 was Bobby Voelker. He faced a tough challenge in Roger Bowling, and was able to take the victory, ending the fight with a knock-out at 2:16 of the second round.

Early on it looked like Bowling was going to edge out Voelker. I had Bowling winning the first round, as his speed was giving Voelker problems. Voelker made adjustments between rounds, and came out with a vengeance for the second round, countering Bowling and upping the aggression level. A well-timed knee caught Bowling, and Voelker pounced.

Both fighters looked good, and with the welterweight belt vacant due to Nick Diaz’ taking on GSP in the UFC, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Voelker getting a title shot after another bout or two.

Sarah Kaufman also put on an impressive performance, besting Liz Carmouche. Sarah’s jab helped her edge out the decision victory. Look for Sarah to be back in the title picture after this win.

Also on the card, Devin Cole beat Shawn Jordan by unanimous decision, and Adlan Amagov beat Ron Stallings in a split decsion.


Overall, a great card put together by Showtime, another example of the depth of talent in Mixed Martial Arts right now.