‘Fedor vs. Silva’ Lineup Complete with 10 Bouts

By Mike Whitman Feb 10, 2011
Three new preliminary fights have been added to the undercard of Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Silva” on Saturday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., making the event official with 10 ratified contests.

The promotion has announced a welterweight scrap between Sam Oropeza and Don Carlo-Clauss and a pair of featherweight tilts pitting Anthony Leone (Pictured) against Josh LaBerge and Kevin Roddy against Jason McLean. These bouts join two previously-announced contests on the undercard: a lightweight duel featuring John Cholish taking on Marc Stevens and a welterweight affair showcasing Igor Gracie and John Salgado.

The event will be headlined by a pair of heavyweight grand prix quarter-finals, as former Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Fedor Emelianenko meets one-time EliteXC king Antonio Silva. Meanwhile, former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski locks horns with hard-punching Sambo specialist Sergei Kharitonov in the co-main event. The show features an all-heavyweight main card and will be broadcast on Showtime.

A product of the Philadelphia Fight Factory, Oropeza comes off the first loss of his career. After winning four straight, the welterweight found himself on the wrong end of a neck crank at a King of the Cage event in November. Oropeza owns three of his four career victories by submission.

Carlo-Clauss is also fresh off a defeat, as the Team Bombsquad representative was submitted by a John Benoit guillotine choke in October. Prior to that loss, Carlo-Clauss had won back-to-back fights in 2010.

Also a member of Team Bombsquad, Leone suffered consecutive defeats for the first time in career in 2010. After winning his first eight fights, Leone was submitted in his WEC debut in June and lost a unanimous decision in his first fight with Bellator Fighting Championships three months later. The featherweight owns half of his career victories by submission.

LaBerge represents Gillett’s MMA and rides a five-fight winning streak heading into his bout with Leone. A two-time veteran of Bellator competition, the fighter was successful in both his outings with the tournament-based promotion in 2009 and 2010.

Roddy has lost three of his last four fights. The New Jersey resident is a Ring of Combat veteran and holds eight of his nine career wins by submission. Representing Pellegrino MMA, Roddy was submitted in his last performance, losing to Rafaello Oliveira at DaMMAge Fight League 1 in November.

Also hailing from New Jersey, McLean comes off a unanimous decision loss in September. Prior to that bout, McLean had won three straight contests, finishing two of those fights by TKO. Those victories marked the only finishes of McLean's career. The remainder of his wins have come by decision.
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