STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 13: WOODLEY VS SAFFIEDINE was held Friday January 7, 2011 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The main card aired live on Showtime.
In the headlining fight, Tyron "T-Wood" Woodley used his wrestling to cling to Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine for the duration of the fight. Woodley dug deep and bullied the stronger fighter with technique in a fight that was fought almost exclusively in the clinch and on the ground, as the two fighters struggled for control. Solid fight that might get Woodley some criticism, but f-ck that static, this is a sport and a win gets Woodley a step closer to eventual title contention.
In the co-main event, Ovince St. Preux picked up his third Strikeforce victory in 17 weeks. Give the man a break already, Strikeforce! Before we know it, St. Preux is going to be an alternate of an alternate in the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Daniel Cormier passed the test. Devin Cole brought Cormier to a decision for the first time in Cormier's career. Cormier looked really good against a game veteran opponent.
The breakout star of the night was Amanda "Lioness of the Ring" Nunes, who is now the Lioness of the Cage. Nunes put a beating on Julia "The Jewel" Budd -- quick and to the point. Budd was KTFO just 14 seconds into the first round. Immediately, the announcers began to pitch a Strikeforce Womens Middleweight Championship fight between Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and Amanda Nunes. Strikeforce had high hopes for Budd, who got beat at her own game in the stand-up. The Muay Thai specialist looked like she drank a few too many Mai Tais after being repeatedly punched in the face by Nunes.
Kimbo Slice's highly-credentialed cousin, Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, worked over his patient, John Richard (pronounced Ree-chard), for a round after surviving an early onslaught. Ferguson submitted Richard with a kneebar in the second round.
Most of the preliminary card featured fighters making their MMA debuts or MMA rookies. Former UFC fighter John Salter, the biggest name on the undercard, dominated Casey Huffman. Dustin Ortiz improved his record to 7-0 with a TKO win over Matt "Horndog" Horning, who might want to consider curbing the sexual activity until he is able to climax what is now a 7-fight losing streak. Why Strikeforce would book a guy who lost his last 6 fights is a question best left to folks who aren't aware of the sometime pro wrestling booking strategy employed by Strikeforce.
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ovince St. Preux (10-4) won by UD over Ron Humphrey (7-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)
Daniel Cormier (7-0) won by UD over Devin Cole (18-9)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)
Amanda Nunes (6-1) won by KO over Julia Budd (1-1)
[0:14] - Round 1 - punches
Rhadi Ferguson (3-0) won by SUB over John Richard (1-2)
[7:00] - 2:00 Round 2 - kneebar
Thomas Campbell (1-1) won by SUB over Jeremy Wallace (0-3)
[1:26] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke
John Salter (6-2) won by TKO over Casey Huffman (2-1)
[2:59] - Round 1 - punches
Dustin Ortiz (7-0) won by TKO over Matt Horning (20-24)
[12:10] - 2:10 Round 3 - punches
Dustin West (4-2) won by KO over Daniel Schmitt (1-2)
[0:09] - Round 1 - punches
Charles McTorry (2-0) won by SUB over Krishaun Gilmore (0-1)
[8:46] - 3:46 Round 2 - rear-naked choke
Chris Barnhizer (1-0) won by SUB over Karl Willis (0-1)
[2:35] - Round 1 - armbar
Jason Blackford (1-0) won by SUB over Jeremy Boczulak (0-1)
[6:54] - 1:54 Round 2 - heel hook
Luke Sanders (1-0) won by TKO over Josh Jarvis (0-2)
[3:15] - Round 1 - punches
Stoney Hale (4-2) won by SD over Gerric Hayes (3-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Updated MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.
UD = Unanimous | SD = Split Decision | SUB = Submission
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Ovince St. Preux vs. Abongo Humphrey
KO OF THE NIGHT: Amanda Nunes over Julia Budd
SUB OF THE NIGHT: Rhadi Ferguson (kneebar) over John Richard
QUICKEST WIN: Dustin West over Daniel Schmitt in 9 seconds
BIGGEST UPSET: Amanda Nunes (+185) over Julia Budd
BIGGEST WINNER:) Amanda Nunes
BIGGEST LOSER:( Julia Budd
Strikeforce Challengers 13 Insane Preview Prediction Results:
2 - JOSHUA KING: 5-0 (2 pts)
3 - 'MMAMADMAN' RANDY ROWLES: 4-1 (3 pts)
4 - 'EVIL' ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: 4-1 (2 pts)
5 - 'MAD' MAT PARÉ: 2-3
6 - AARON MENARD: 1-4
VEGAS ODDSMAKERS: 4-1
The power of the noodle combined with the stealth of a ninja empowered Johnny "The Noodle Ninja" Nguyen to win the Madman Roundtable. Nguyen posted a perfect 5-0 and a whopping 9 tiebreaker points to seal the deal. Joshua King also had a perfect night, but took second place overall.