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Strikeforce Challengers Card Finalized for Feb 18 in Austin, Texas

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

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With the first couple of fights in the historic Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix out of the way, the San Jose based promotion will now turn its attention to the upcoming Strikeforce Challengers card taking place this weekend.

Leading the way on the event in Austin, Tex. is a lightweight bout between undefeated prospect Lyle Beerbohm and Pat Healy.

Beerbohm has been looking for a fight in Strikeforce for sometime and now he’s going to face one of the most experienced fighters on the roster. Healy brings with him a resume of facing some of the stiffest competition in the world, the majority of the time doing it at welterweight where he was undersized in comparison. Now at lightweight, Healy looks to build a new resume of wins at 155lbs.

Also on the card is former WEC welterweight title contender Carlo Prater as he faces Bryan Travers in a catchweight bout at 160lbs.

Ryan Couture, son of the legendary Randy Couture, gets back in action after a staph infection kept him out of his last fight and he returns to take on Lee Higgins in a lightweight bout.

Erik Apple will also be featured on the card against Ryan Larson in a welterweight bout, while the televised card is rounded out by Nick Gonzalez against David Douglas in another catchweight fight, this one taking place at 150lbs.

The non-televised card will feature 3 local fighters including Aaron Franco against Thomas Diagne, and Drew Pendleton against Dennis Dombrow.

The card kicks off on Showtime at 11pm ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast.

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