Strikeforce Challengers 16: Card highlighted by first-time Zuffa female fight

Steve Cofield

Scott Coker put together another solid Challengers card that lands in Kent, Wa. The television friendly slate features what could be some nasty striking fights. The best could be a female fight featuring two muay thai specialists in Julia Budd and Germaine de Randamie. The bout also marks the first time females have fought under the Zuffa banner. The parent company of the UFC bought Strikeforce back in March.

On the surface, a 1-1 fighter facing someone who is 2-1 seems a bit ridiculous until you track what these ladies have done on the muay thai scene. De Randamie is 46-0 and Budd sports a respectable 6-1 mark. They faced off back in 2009 with de Randamie scoring a first-round stoppage.

"I still have to learn a lot in the MMA game. I want to continue to make my ground game better and better so I try to stay focused on my MMA game right now," de Randamie told the Canadian Press. "Definitely, it challenges me. I'm like a newborn, a baby, that needs to learn how to walk. I feel very good. Every day I go to the gym with a smile. I learn so much every day. I'm enjoying it very much."

De Randamie was soccer player as a youth and turned to kickboxing at 15 years old.{ysp:more}

Tonight's Strikeforce card also features pro fight No. 3 for Randy Couture's son, Ryan. Keep an eye on Lorenz Larkin against Gian Villante. Larkin looked spectacular in his Strikeforce debut against Scott Lighty. Larkin's scored seven straight KO or TKO finishes.

Strikeforce Challengers 16 weigh-in (courtesy MMAjunkie)

MAIN CARD

Caros Fodor (155.5) vs. James Terry (156)
Ryan Couture (155.5) vs. Matt Ricehouse (155.5)
Lorenz Larkin (205.5) vs. Gian Villante (205.5)
Jason High (171) vs. Quinn Mulhern (169)
Germaine de Randamie (145) vs. Julia Budd (145.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Derek Brunson (186) vs. Jeremy Hamilton (186)
Eduardo Pamplona (170.5) vs. Jerron Peoples (170.5)
Trevor Smith (206) vs. Keith Berry (205.5)