Roger Bowling (left) and Bobby Voelker: Esther Lin/Strikeforce
All 24 competitors hit their marks at Thursday's Strikeforce Challengers 11 weigh in. The event will go down on Oct. 22 from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
Headlining the card will be a welterweight clash between undefeated Roger Bowling (171) and veteran Bobby Voelker (170.8) in a rematch of their controversial first fight at Challengers 8 in May. That match was stopped prematurely in the third round after Bowling could not continue after an accidental eye poke. The fight went to the judges, and Bowling was awarded the technical decision.
“Just like the last time, this is going to be a war from start to finish against a great opponent. I’ve trained really well and I’m very confident,” said Bowling. “I don't want to leave any doubt this time around.”
Additionally, local prospect Billy Evangelista (165.2) will put his unblemished record on the line against Waachiim “Native Warrior” Spiritwolf in a 165-pound catchweight contest. Evangelista is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel at Challengers 4 in 2009.
Spiritwolf initially weighed in at 166.8 pounds on Thursday, but must have reweighed based on the fact that Strikeforce is reporting that all fighters made weight. It is currently unknown how much Spirtwolf weighed on subsequent trips to the scale.
Filling out the show will be a heavyweight tilt between Lavar “Big” Johnson (251) and Virgil Zwicker (227.4). Saturday will mark Johnson's second fight back after being shot in the abdomen in July 2009. The WEC veteran made his debut in 2004, losing by TKO to Doug Marshall. He most recently competed at Challengers 7, knocking out Lolohea Mahe in round two of the main event.
Strikeforce Challengers 11 Weigh-In Results:
Roger Bowling (171) vs. Bobby Voelker (170.8)
Billy Evangelista (165.2) vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf (166.8)
Lavar Johnson (251) vs. Virgil Zwicker (227.4)
Julia Budd (145.8) vs. Shana Olsen (143.4)
Dominic Clark (155.6) vs. David Douglas (154)
John Devine (247.4) vs. Brandon Cash (255.4)