September 26, 2009
Ray Sefo won via an injury at Strikeforce: Challengers, and on a night where his alma mater's football team won at Nevada, Tyron Woodley (pictured) showed that he is one of Strikeforce's most exciting young prospects.
Ray Sefo vs. Kevin Jordan
In an unfortunate ending for Kevin Jordan, he lost via a leg injury in the second round to kickboxing legend Ray Sefo. Jordan had dominated the entire first round, keeping Sefo down on the ground. Jordan was able to land punches and even mount Sefo more than once. After the fights concluded, Showtime reported that Jordan had suffered a torn quadricep tendon.
In contrast to the other Challengers bouts, which showcased green up-and-comers, this bout featured two 38-year-olds. Sefo, the K-1 legend, fought in only his seccond MMA fight. Kevin Jordan was taking one last stab at MMA. He has 19 pro fights in his career that includes UFC losses to Gabriel Gonzaga and Paul Buentello.
Tyron Woodley vs. Zach Light
Tyron Woodley won the battle of wrestlers at Strikeforce by an arm bar in the second round. Woodley, an All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri, now is 4-0 as a professional fighter. Light, best known as a coach with Wolfslair, the training home of Michael Bisping, Cheick Kongo and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, falls to 6-9.
Woodley showed that he has evolved to much more than just a wrestler, with crisp striking and several submission attempts. In both the first and second rounds, he tried an arm triangle but was unsuccessful. He finally ended the fight after giving up the triangle, and then taking advantage of Light's available arm by locking in the arm bar.
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