Courtesy of Strikeforce (Photos by Tom Casino)
FRESNO, Calif. — All 18 fighters who will compete in the Strikeforce Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Friday, Nov. 6 weighed in on Thursday at the World Sports Café in Fresno, Calif.
In the main event on SHOWTIME, undefeated lightweight (155-pound limit) sensation Billy Evangelista (9-0) will square off with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Jorge Gurgel (13-5) at the Save Mart Center in Fresno.
Other televised fights include a showdown between promising undefeated heavyweight prospects Shane Del Rosario (8-0) and Brandon Cash “Money” (5-0). Rising middleweight (185 pounds) stars Luke Rockhold (5-1) and Jesse “J T Money” Taylor (13-4) will duke it out, lightweights Thomas Diagne (1-0) and Merritt Warren (4-2) will square off and Zoila Frausto (3-0) will face Elisha Helsper (0-1) in a matchup of female MMA fighters.
On the undercard, former Fresno State University wrestling star and Fresno native Casey “The Underdog” Olson (11-3) will return to action in the cage in a lightweight matchup against Justin Smitley (6-5), Fresno’s Ben Holscher (3-0), a Health teacher and wrestling coach at Clovis High School, will take on Johnny Goh (1-2) in a lightweight matchup and Fresno’s submission expert Cole Escovedo (13-4) will face San Jose’s Anthony Figueroa (4-4).
Save Mart Center doors will open for the STRIKEFORCE Challengers event at 5:15 p.m. PT. The first live, non-televised, preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m. The SHOWTIME telecast begins at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Strikeforce Challengers 4 Weigh-in Results:
Main Card (on Showtime):
-Billy Evangelista (159) vs. Jorge Gurgel (159)
-Brandon Cash (256) vs. Shane Del Rosario (240)
-Luke Rockhold (185.5) vs. Jesse Taylor (186)
-Thomas Diagne (155.5) vs. Merritt Warren: (154)
-Zoila Frausto (132.5) vs. Elisha Helsper (134.5)
-Ben Holscher (155.5) vs. Johnny Goh (154)
-Casey Olson (145.5) vs. Chris Culley (148.5)
-Cole Escovido (135.5) vs. Maurice Eazel (133)
-Alex Trevino (170.5) vs. Rico Altamirano (171)