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King of the Cage veteran Caros Fodor will make his promotional debut against Ousmane Thomas Diagne in a featured lightweight matchup at Strikeforce Challengers 9 on July 23 at the Comcast Arena in Everett, Wash. Strikeforce has finalized a 12-fight lineup for the event, which will air live on Showtime.
Fodor -- who trains under Matt Hume at AMC Martial Arts -- last appeared at an Alaska Fighting Championship event in February, when he submitted to a second-round armbar from Nate Hannah. The defeat snapped a five-fight winning streak for the 26-year-old Shoreline, Wash., native. Fodor has secured all five of his victories by first-round submission.
A protégé of former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le, Diagne has not competed since he submitted to an inverted heel hook from Merritt Warren at Strikeforce Challengers 4 in November. The 26-year-old Frenchman made his professional debut in May 2009, when he outpointed Kaleo Kwon en route to a unanimous decision inside Strikeforce. Diagne was a six-time champion in San Shou.
A heavyweight duel pitting Shane del Rosario against Lolohea Mahe will headline Strikeforce Challengers 9, along with a women’s welterweight title match between defending champion Sarah Kaufman and Roxanne Modafferi.
Strikeforce: Challengers 9
Friday, July 23
Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Championship
Sarah Kaufman vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Shane del Rosario vs. Lolohea Mahe
Ron Humphrey vs. Mike Kyle
Cory Devela vs. Bobby Voelker
Caros Fodor vs. Ousmane Thomas Diagne
Ryan Hayes vs. Brent Knopp
CJ Marsh vs. Taurean Washington
Joe Hernandez vs. Chris Inman
Doug Kay vs. Scott McDonald
Drew Brokenshire vs. Mike Minniger
Levi Alford vs. Jamen Olney
John Elam vs. Frankie Orr