Josh LaBerge | Joe Harrington/Sherdog.com
Strikeforce has added two bouts to each of its upcoming February events.
At “Fedor vs. Silva” on Feb. 12, Josh LaBerge will take on Anthony Leone and Jason McLean will square off against Kevin Roddy in two preliminary featherweight duels. Meanwhile, at Strikeforce Challengers 14 on Feb. 18, Erik Apple will go toe-to-toe with Ryan Larson at welterweight, while Bryan Travers will meet Carlo Prater in a 155-pound affair.
Sherdog.com on Friday confirmed the Feb. 12 bouts with sources close to the fighters. The Feb. 18 contests were confirmed by Strikeforce representative Mike Afromowitz on Saturday. The matchups were first reported by MMAJunkie.com and MMA.tv, respectively.
Set to go down at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., “Fedor vs. Silva” will feature the first bouts of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix, including the titular confrontation between onetime Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Fedor Emelianenko and former EliteXC champion Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Also scheduled for the event is a matchup between former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski and sambo specialist Sergei Kharitonov.
Strikeforce Challengers 14 will be headlined by a lightweight scrap between the unbeaten Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm and Pat Healy, and will emanate from the Cedar Park Center in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, Texas. Also scheduled for the Showtime broadcast is a 155-pound affair between Ryan Couture and Lee Higgins.