Two fights have been added to Strikeforce Challengers 12 on Nov. 19 at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Miss. The main card airs live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET (delayed on the West Coast).
Stirkeforce on Monday announced that Jan Finney (8-8) will be opposed by unbeaten Liz Carmouche (4-0) in a key women’s match at 135 pounds (welterweight) and Caros Fodor (6-2) will throw down with Derek Getzel (2-1) at lightweight (155 pounds).
In the main event, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (20-4) will take on Justin Wilcox (9-3).
It is Strikeforce’s initial foray into the state of Mississippi.
The winner of the Finney vs. Carmouche fight stays alive for a world title shot in Strikeforce’s 135-pound division. Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen is scheduled to make her first defense against No. 1 contender Miesha Tate in 2011.
This will mark Finney’s return to her natural weight of 135 pounds. In her last start, the strong striker and one of MMA’s most determined practitioners lost a toe-to-toe-slugfest with Strikeforce middleweight (145 pounds) champion Cris Cyborg last June 26.
Finney’s record belies her abilities. Aside from Cyborg, her losses have come against top fighters such as Tate, Julie Kedzie, and Erin Toughill. All the fights went to the judges’ scorecards. The Cyborg defeat was only the second time she’d been stopped on strikes.
Finney’s most noteworthy victory came on a decision over Adrienna Jenkins (17-2 going in) on March 27, 2010.
Carmouche is coming off a second-round TKO over Valentina Shevchenko on Sept. 30. In her outing before last on Aug. 13, Carmouche went the distance for the only time in her career, scoring a unanimous decision over Colleen Schneider in a “reserve bout” in the Strikeforce single-elimination women’s 135-pound tournament, which was won by Tate.
In the 5-foot-5 Carmouche’s other fights, she won by second-round TKO in her pro debut last May 29 and by second-round submission (armbar) over Margarita de la Cruz the following June 26.
A 25-year-old of Lebanese descent, Carmouche was born in Okinawa, Japan, and currently resides in San Diego. She spent seven years in the Marines during which she toured The Middle East.
Carmouche trains at Undisputed Fitness and Training in San Diego with Manolo Hernandez and Baret Yoshida, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion.
Fodor, a 5-foot-9, 26-year-old who is trained by Matt Hume and fights out of AMC Kickboxing and Pankration, is a well-rounded fighter known for his mental toughness and ability to finish.
A winner in six of his last seven fights, Fodor won via decision for the first time when he earned a unanimous points victory over Thomas Diagne in his last outing last July 23 on Strikeforce Challengers.
Fodor, whose brother, Ben, also fights MMA, wrestled in high school but entered the Marines six days after graduation. While he was in boot camp, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred and he was sent to Kuwait for the Iraq invasion. He returned home in 2003 after one tour.
After an extensive, successful amateur career in which he was the Genesis Fights MMA and Muay Thai champion and Revolution submission champion, Fodor turned pro in September 2005.
Outside the cage, Fodor, who once had his sights set on becoming a homicide director, is a trainer at a health club and works with mentally challenged children while remaining active in the reserves.
Getzel is a 5-foot-7, 23-year-old Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu specialist. He’ll be making his Strikeforce debut and first start since defeating Johnny Case in a career-best first-round TKO last Feb. 26.
Doors at Jackson Convention Complex will open at 6:45 p.m. CT. The first non-televised preliminary bout will begin at 7:30 p.m. The first fight on Showtime will begin at 10 p.m. CT/11 p.m. ET.