Prangley-Amoussou Top Strikeforce Challengers Return Feb. 26

By Greg Savage Jan 20, 2010
Strikeforce Challengers is set to return to the Showtime network Feb. 26 and will feature a headlining bout between Trevor Prangley and Karl Amoussou. The show is scheduled to take place at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.

The lower-profile Challenger’s Series, much akin to the network's critically acclaimed ShoBox programming in boxing, is designed to help build talent that will eventually make the move to the company's bigger cards. It also can be a vehicle for the organization to highlight veteran fighters as well.

This edition, the first since November of last year, will do a little of both. The main event will pit the longtime MMA veteran Prangley against up-and-coming prospect Karl Amoussou.

Prangley, 37, will be returning from a knee injury that forced him out of a potential middleweight title eliminator against former champion Robbie Lawler in December. The South African sustained the injury, described as a tweak of his meniscus by trainer Javier Mendez, just days before the bout, forcing his withdrawal.

If he hopes to get another crack on a Strikeforce card on Showtime, Prangley will have to navigate his way around a talented prospect in Amoussou. The 24-year-old Frenchman is primarily a striker but has shown the ability to finish on the ground. He has rattled off six wins in his last seven fights, including three straight heading into his bout with Prangley.

A 135-pound women’s match will fill the co-main event slot. Undefeated Sarah Kaufman, regarded as one of the sport’s best, will take on once-beaten Takayo Hashi in a bout that will decide the first Strikeforce women’s welterweight titleholder, according to head man Scott Coker.

Rising star Luke Rockhold will attempt to notch his sixth consecutive win when he faces off with Paul Bradley. The American Kickboxing Academy product will also be looking for his fifth straight win via rear-naked choke. Bradley, who has dropped just one fight in 13 professional starts, will present another stern test for the young middleweight prospect.

Also slated for the card is a tilt involving James Terry and Tarec Saffiedine as well as a bout between unbeatens Raul Castillo and Yancy Medeiros.
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