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Strikeforce: Phoenix Challengers

Friday the 13th…Is there a better date to hold an MMA event? This Friday, Strikeforce will hold Strikeforce Challengers from Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The headline fight will be Joe “Diesel” Riggs taking on Louis Taylor. This main event fight will be held at a catch weight of 182.

The most intriguing aspect of this event will be the four-woman single elimination welterweight tournament. Four ladies will step into the cage to throw chingasos at 135 pounds. The winner of the tournament will get a title shot and take on Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman. The four ladies throwing chingasos for a title shot are Miesha "Takedown" Tate, Carina "Beauty But The Beast" Damm, Hitomi "Girlfight Monster" Akano and Maiju Kujala.

These ladies will take it old school and throw chingasos the way the guys used to do it in the original UFC. Strikeforce will hold a draw to determine the semifinal matchups for the two-round tournament during the weigh-ins on Thursday. The winners of the semifinal bouts will face off in the tournament final later that night, just before the main event.

The Strikeforce event will also include the following prelims:
Colleen Schneider vs. Liz Carmouche
Ryan Diaz vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Christian Grosinsky vs. Jason Karpel
Jeffrey Anderson vs. Edmond Xhelili
Joel Champion vs. Sean Scott
Tim Worth vs. Rob Anderson
Andres Acuna vs. Edwin Louis
Frankie Sainz vs. Jace Crawford