Caros “The Future” Fodor (8-2) of Kirkland, Washington defends his home turf when he meets the hard-hitting James Terry (10-2) in a lightweight clash when STRIKEFORCE returns to ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington on Friday, June 24 for a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event.
Fodor, a 27-year-old former Marine, has won three straight STRIKEFORCE bouts, including a third-round TKO of David Douglas in April. Now, the grappling ace seeks his ninth professional win when he meets Terry. A training partner of former middleweight champion Cung Le, the 30-year-old Terry is riding a three-fight win streak of his own. He would like nothing more than to spoil Fodor’s homecoming by scoring a knockout victory on June 24.
In the night’s co-feature, Ryan Couture (2-0) looks for his third straight victory when he battles undefeated Matt Ricehouse (4-0). Couture, the son of UFC pioneer Randy Couture, returns to his native Washington with hopes of carrying on his legendary family name. Two straight submission wins have kicked off Couture’s career, and now the 28-year-old faces the toughest test of his career when he locks horns with up-and-comer Matt Ricehouse in 155-pound action.
“Washington has become a hotbed for mixed martial arts and we’re excited to head back to Kent with this exciting card featuring local stars Caros Fodor and Ryan Couture,” STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker said. “Our Challengers events have delivered some outstanding fights and we expect nothing less on June 24.”
The event also features Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (10-0) taking on Gian Villante (7-2) at light heavyweight, a middleweight bout between Antwain Britt (11-5) and UFC veteran Danillo Villefort, as well as a women’s 145-pound contest between Julia Budd (1-1) and Germaine de Randamie (2-1).
Perhaps no fighter heads to Kent with as much momentum as undefeated light heavyweight Lorenz Larkin. The 24-year-old Larkin has finished eight of 10 opponents, including a knockout of Scott Lighty in his STRIKEFORCE debut in April. “The Monsoon” hopes to keep his streak alive when he enters the cage against 25-year-old Gian Villante, whose seven victories have all come by way of stoppage.
Former UFC competitor Danillo Villefort makes his STRIKEFORCE debut on June 24 in search of his fifth consecutive victory. The American Top Team product, known for his slick submissions and heavy hands, expects a war when he meets knockout artist Antwain Britt. The 33-year-old Britt has 11 victories, nine of which have come by knockout, and looks to fuel a run in the 185-pound division by besting Villefort.
An outstanding women’s 145-pound content pits Julia Budd against Germaine de Randamie. Nicknamed “The Jewel,” Budd is a devastating kickboxer with the ability to finish any and all opponents. Her bout with de Randamie could be a slugfest, as “The Iron Lady” has won two straight fights, including a brutal knockout over Stephanie Webber in January.
STRIKEFORCE Challengers will air live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT.