STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 5: WOODLEY VS. BEARS was held Friday November 20, 2009 at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. The main card aired on Showtime under the ShoMMA banner.
Tyron 'T-Wood' Woodley remained undefeated, handling the hometown fighter, Rudy Bears, with ease. Announcer Pat Miletich called Woodley the best pure athlete in MMA, a bold statement, probably not true yet, but damn if he couldn't someday be regarded as such. Woodley is the real deal.
Representative of the marital status of the two female fighters in the co-main event, the happily married Kerry Vera (to Brandon Vera) put a heavy beating on Kim 'Sugar Free' Couture, less than a week after Couture's ex-husband-in-the-making Randy Couture had his younger, blonder girlfriend on his arm during his on-camera entrance into the building for UFC 105. Vera put an exclamation point on likely one of the most embarrassing weeks of Kim's life. Vera is legit. Couture I think got exposed a bit, she was no match for Vera standing. Announcer Mauro Ranallo tried to defend Couture, saying she wasn't in the spotlight as a result of Randy Couture's coattails, but in his stumbling defense he actually ended up burying her even further. In 2 out of 3 fights, Couture has taken a major ass-whoopin. She may still fight, but this was likely her swan song in the spotlight. Kerry Vera, on the other hand, is a dangerous young up-and-comer, and represented against Kim Couture in a way that Brandon Vera wasn't able to in his fight with Randy Couture at UFC 105. Kerry definitely has bragging rights in the house for the time being.
In the Fight of the Night, Erik Apple came out with a fury stunning Bobby Voelker early. Voelker fell to the canvas, but more blows from Apple seemed to wake him Voelker rather than finish him off, and Voelker was able to hang long enough to regain his composure. Voelker reversed scenarios in the second round, but unlike Apple, he was able to finish what he started. The result was a spectacular come-from-behind victory, an excellent fight, and a breakthrough performance for Bobby Voelker in Strikeforce.
Against Aaron Rosa, Rafael Feijao won the first round but frustrated the crowd, using his superior grappling to hold positions. Feijao came out much more aggressive in the second round, and finished off Rosa to the delight of the masses.
In the opening televised bout, Kevin Casey tore through an undermatched Chad Vance, and surely went to celebrate afterwards with his buddy Spencer Pratt. While his choice of friends might be mockable, Casey's abilities are not. He looked really good and I'll definitely be looking forward to making more Speidi jokes in the future.
Complete Results After the Break