Villasenor, Santos Hit Marks

By Staff Jun 19, 2009
Joey Villasenor (26-6) weighed in with a half pound to spare in anticipation of his middleweight contest against Evangelista Santos (16-12) Friday for Strikeforce Challengers Series 2 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.

The Greg Jackson-trained fighter tipped the scale at 184.5 pounds to Evangelista’s 185 pounds at Thursday’s official weigh-ins. Viewers can watch Villasenor’s first fight in a year with fellow striker Santos live on Showtime at 10 p.m. EST.

Also on the card, moonlighting Minnesota lawyer Nick Thompson (38-10-1) makes the move to middleweight to meet U.S. Army Ranger Tim Kennedy (9-2). Thompson clocked in at 185 pounds, while Kennedy was one pound lighter.

Undefeated Sarah Kaufman (9-0) puts her unblemished record on the line for the second time in four weeks as she takes on fiery ground specialist Shayna Baszler (9-5). The women weighed in at 134 and 134.5 pounds for the promotion’s first female bout to ever be contested with five-minute rounds.

Strikeforce Challengers Series 2
Friday, June 19
ShoWare Center
Kent, Wash.

Joey Villasenor (184.5) vs. Evangelista Santos (185)
Nick Thompson (185) vs. Tim Kennedy (184)
Jorge Gurgel (157.5) vs. Conor Heun (158.5)
Sarah Kaufman (134) vs. Shayna Baszler (134.5)
Cory Devela (184) vs. Luke Rockhold (183.5)
Dennis Hallman (191.5) vs. Justin Davis (200)
Duane Ludwig (159.5) vs. Lyle Beerbohm (160)
Brian Caraway (144) vs. Alex Zuniga (145)
Landon Showalter (185) vs. George Stork (184)
Len Bentley (155.5) vs. Marques Daniels (154.5)
Steve Hadsel (170) vs. Taylor Roberts (170.5)
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