Strikeforce Challengers looks to be shaping up pretty nicely. Here are some people to watch out for on the card:
Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (10-0)– How do you not like a guy named The Monsoon? This guy alone might be worth the price of admission to see this Strikeforce Challengers event alone. He’s only been to a decision twice. This fight should be off the hook. His opponent, Gian Villante, is coming off a loss to Chad Griggs, who knocked out Valentijn Overeem. Villante is not going to be a cupcake here. He’s angry and may put a stop to “The Monsoon.”
Ryan “El Hijo de Natural” Couture (2-0)– Of course Ryan is worth watching. He’s the son of Randy “The Natural” Couture. Perhaps I’m speaking out of place, but I’d be hard-pressed to think of a bigger second-generation MMA fighter. He is also 2-0 with two submission victories.
Matt Ricehouse (4-0)– Couture’s opponent, he looking at 4-0 Matt Ricehouse, whose nickname is not yet known by Sherdog. Ricehouse looks pretty impressive. He’s coming off his fourth victory. What distinguishes him from Couture is that Ricehouse has victories by TKO, submission & decision. That is a very impressive resume, and that’s why I wouldn’t be surprised to watch him beat Couture.
Derek Brunson (6-0)– This guy is undefeated in his young career. He has submission and TKO victories. He’s never gone more than 3 minutes in a fight.
Jeremy Hamilton (8-0)– He’s made it to the second round twice in his eight fights. He also has a great variety of win: decision, submissions & TKO. Oh, and here’s the best part… He’s fighting Derek Brunson.