by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
The main card of Strikeforce Challengers, ShoMMA 5, has been finalized.
Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz on Thursday afternoon released the full card for the fifth installment of the promotion’s up-and-comer series, set for Nov. 20 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
Fast-rising welterweight Tyron Woodley will headline the card, fresh off a submission victory over Zach Light at ShoMMA 3. The American Top Team product will face Rudy Bears, who in August defeated WEC veteran Brendan Seguin at M-1: Breakthrough, his sixth consecutive victory.
Co-headlining the card is a light heavyweight tilt between Team Nogueira product Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Aaron Rosa. Cavalcante came up short in his Strikeforce debut, falling prey to the strikes of UFC veteran Mike Pyle, and will look to rebound from the loss. Rosa graced the first installment of ShoMMA in May, defeating Anthony Ruiz by submission in the first round. He is currently riding a two-fight win streak.
Here is the main card:
-Tyron Woodley vs. Rudy Bears
-Rafael Cavalcante vs. Aaron Rosa
-Kerry Vera vs. Kim Couture
-Sarah Kaufman vs. Takayo Hashi
Missing from the fall card was heavyweight Roger Gracie, who was rumored to participate on the card. Afromowitz did not comment on the Brazilian’s absence.
Undercard match-ups are expected to be finalized soon.