KIM COUTURE OFF STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS DEBUT CARD
Friday, May 15, 2009
Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
Live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT
NEW YORK (April 29, 2009)—Mixed martial arts (MMA) upstart Kim “Sugar
Free” Couture (1-1) has withdrawn from the series debut of Strikeforce
Challengers, scheduled for Friday, May 15. Couture was slated to face submission
expert Miesha Tate (5-1) in a 135-pound fight. Strikeforce is working to
replace the fight and finalize the card.
Strikeforce Challengers will take place at the Save Mart Center in
Fresno, Calif, on Friday, May 15, and air live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT
(delayed on the West Coast). The fight card, headlined by undefeated
lightweight Billy Evangelista (9-0) versus BJ Penn protégé “Iron” Mike Aina
(11-6-1), will feature up to five live bouts.
Strikeforce Challengers is a proving ground for up-and-coming MMA
fighters. SHO MMA provides today’s top prospects with the opportunity to step-up
their level of competition and demonstrate their ability in a nationally
Tickets for the first Strikeforce Challengers event are on sale at the
Save Mart Center box office and select Save Mart Supermarkets as well as at
all Ticketmaster locations (800-745-3000), Ticketmaster online
(_www.ticketmaster.com_ (http://www.ticketmaster.com/) ) and Strikeforce’s official
website (_www.strikeforce.com_ (http://www.strikeforce.com/) ).
Strikeforce is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion
which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie”
event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California
state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion
Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jo
se’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since
1995, Strikeforce has been the exclusive provider of martial arts
programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world
championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series
with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the
parent company of Strikeforce, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports &
Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation
aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.