THE TWO SHEDS REVIEW by Julian Radbourne – now in it’s 10th year!
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Strikeforce returned to Bravo 2 screens this past Monday here in Britain with their latest Challengers show, headlined by the heavyweight clash between Shane Del Rosario and Lolohea Mahe.
The show began with action from the light heavyweight division as Abongo Humphrey squared off against Mike Kyle.
A very exciting fight saw Humphrey put on an excellent display of ground work in the first round as he went for a number of guillotine attempts.
Humphrey kept this momentum going into the early part of the second, but as he began to tire Kyle took control, and it wasn’t long before he took his man’s back and locked in a rear naked choke for the submission win. An impressive outing for both men here.
Then it was down to the welterweight division as Cory Devela took on Bobby Voelker.
A nice technical battle saw Devela putting on a great performance on the ground. Voelker looked game at times, especially with the striking exchanges, but Devela was able to keep up with him in this respect.
With the fight going the distance the judges were called into action as they gave the split decision to Voelker, a decision that didn’t sit too well with the crowd, and with me, as I was sure that Devela had done enough to win.
The only title fight on the show saw Sarah Kaufman defending the Women’s Lightweight title against Roxanne Modafferri.
This may well be one of the best fights I’ve seen in recent times. Modafferri looked great in the first round, controlling the fight on the ground, while Kaufman came back well in the second with some tremendous striking.
But this fight will be remembered for it’s highlight reel moment towards the end of the third. As Modafferri went for an arm bar Kaufmann lifted her up and slammed her to the ground, knocking her out in the process, giving her the title retaining knockout win and keeping her unbeaten record intact.
The main event saw Shane Del Rosario facing Lolohea Mahe in the heavyweight division.
Despite giving away over twenty pounds Del Rosario really took the fight to his opponent with his superior striking.
A borderline knee to Mahe that was ruled a low blow stopped him momentarily, but in the end Mahe just had no answer to Del Rosario’s attack, and it was a series of knees in a muay thai clinch that saw Mahe slumping to the ground, with the referee quickly stepping in a giving Del Rosario the TKO win.
In conclusion – after British viewers were left disappointed when they didn’t get to see a certain Russian losing Strikeforce made up for this with a great show as the lesser lights once again showing that they’re ready to step up to the main stage. Although given the performances of Sarah Kaufman and Shane Del Rosario the term lesser lights may seem a little inappropriate. So in all another good show from Scott Coker and his crew. Very enjoyable.