by MMAWeekly.com Staff (Photos courtesy of Esther Lin/Strikeforce)
The fighters who will compete at Strikeforce Challengers 7 on Friday night weighed in on Thursday at the World Sports Café in Fresno, Calif. The fights take place Friday night at the Save Mart Center.
In the main event, Lavar Johnson (13-3) will square off with undefeated Lolohea Mahe (6-0-1) of Hawaii. Johnson’s effort will mark a miraculous comeback after he was gunned down and nearly killed by Central Valley area gang members on July 4, 2009, while attending a family barbeque near his home in Madera.
Johnson weighed in at 241 pounds on Thursday, while Mahe came in at 267 pounds, a full pound over the typical allowance of 266 pounds for a heavyweight contest.
Strikeforce officials on Friday said that Johnson agreed to the bout as is and there would be no fines levied against Mahe.
Fresno’s Zoila Frausto, an undefeated women’s prospect, will take on another standout fighter in Miesha “Takedown” Tate (8-2) of Olympia, Wash. Frausto, a former soccer player for Fresno City College, has compiled a perfect 5-0 record in professional MMA since her debut on February 13, 2009.
Other featured fights include “Abongo” Humphrey (5-1), Atlanta, Ga., vs. George Bush III (5-1), Columbus, Ohio, at light heavyweight (205 pounds); Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Luke Stewart (6-2), San Francisco, Calif. vs. Andre Galvao (3-1), Brazil, at welterweight (170 pounds); and American Kickboxing Academy bred wrestling stud Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox (8-3), San Jose, Calif., vs. Shamar Bailey (10-1) of Chicago, Ill., at a catch weight of 160 pounds.
Save Mart Center doors will open for Strikeforce Challengers 7 at 6 p.m. PT. The first live, non-televised, preliminary bout will begin at 6:45 p.m. The Showtime telecast begins at 11:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
FINAL WEIGHTS (in pounds):
Showtime Televised Bouts:
-Lavar “Big” Johnson – 241 vs. Lolohea Mahe – 267
-Abongo Humphrey – 203.6 vs. George Bush III – 206
-Luke Stewart – 171.2 vs. Andre Galvao – 170.4
-Zoila Frausto – 132.4 vs. Miesha Tate – 136
-Justin Wilcox – 160.8 vs. Shamar Bailey – 161
-Daniel Cormier – 242 vs. John Devine – 253.2
-Paul Ruiz – 134.8 vs. TBA
-Trinidad Valdez – 168 vs. Ricky Jackson – 169
-Avery Kaleo – 143.2 vs. Chris Buron – 144
(UPDATED 2:15 p.m. PT, March 26 – Added Strikeforce affirmation of no penalties in main event bout.)