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Strikeforce Challengers 6 Fight Results & Recap for February 26, 2010

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The 6th edition of the Strikeforce Challengers Series took place on February 26, 2010 with the main fight card televised on Showtime. Find the results and recap from Strikeforce Challengers 6 below as we take a look at all five of the televised bouts and break them down. Our recap is posted below now that the fights are complete as well as the official Strikeforce Challengers 6 results and find historic Strikeforce results online here at

Yancy Medeiros vs Raul Castillo

The night’s first televised bout featured Yancy Medeiros, who hails from Hawaii, and Raul Castillo, an up-and-coming prospect, in a middleweight contest. Medeiros churned out a decision victory in a battle of rookies with a score of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.

Medeiros struck early and often connecting with a variety of strikes. Castillo tried to slow down his opponents’ offense with multiple takedown attempts, however was stuffed each time. The action evened out as the fight grew older until a knee struck Medeiros below the belt. After the restart, Medeiros regained the momentum and settled for the unanimous decision victory.

The decision victory was Medeiros’ first inside the Strikeforce cage. He remains undefeated at 8-0 while Castillo, who also was on his first Strikeforce card, drops to 6-1. Both fighters look to be prospects and should have a future with Strikeforce or another big organization.



Tarec Saffiedine vs James Terry

DREAM veteran Tarec Saffiedine turned in a solid all-around performance in grinding out a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) victory over hometown favorite James Terry in a welterweight bout.

Saffiedine worked both leg kicks and punches to stun Terry throughout all three rounds. Terry couldn’t match Saffiedine’s intensity, settling however for only a couple of takedowns for his own offense. Saffiedine made it back to his feet on each and every takedown and continued his offensive attack for 15 minutes.

Saffiedine (8-2) looks to be positioning himself as a rising prospect in Strikeforce’s welterweight division. Although it was his Strikeforce debut, his stock has jumped immensely. Terry, who falls to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in Strikeforce bouts, takes a big hit in the division hierarchy. His courage denied Saffiedine a stoppage; however the fact that he was dominated hurts his chances of another main card bout in the near future.



Luke Rockhold vs Paul Bradley

Luke Rockhold proves to those who were unaware, that he is quickly advancing in the Strikeforce middleweight division. He took another step by earning a 1 st round stoppage against two-time collegiate All-American wrestler and The Ultimate Fighter competitor, Paul Bradley.

Rockhold made Bradley pay for trying to stand and trade strikes with him. He dropped Bradley two separate times with his powerful right hands and then finished him off with a glancing head kick and knees to the body.

Rockhold (7-1), now a serious middleweight contender, has compiled six straight victories inside the Strikeforce banner. Bradley, who looks more and more like a one-dimensional fighter, drops to 12-2 overall and 1-1 Strikeforce.



Trevor Prangley vs Karl Amoussou

On paper, Trevor Prangley vs. Karl Amoussou looked to be a very entertaining bout, and it started off that way, however when Prangley’s thumb went into Amoussou’s eye, it put a controversial stop to the co-main event.

Amoussou, an M-1 Challenge vet, looked to be on top early by repeatedly connecting with hard looping punches. Prangley, a seasoned veteran with plenty of big-time experience, held strong taking punch after punch without going down. It was late in the opening round that Prangley caught his opponent with a thumb. After some examination from the ringside doctor, it was decided that he could not continue with damage to his eye.

The bout was given the official decision of a technical draw. The rematch will hopefully be put together as soon as Amoussou recovers from his injuries.



Women's Welterweight Championship Fight - Sarah Kaufman vs Takayo Hashi

Sarah Kaufman lays her claim to Strikeforce history becoming the first women’s welterweight champion with an overwhelming decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) over Japan’s Takayo Hashi.

Early on, Kaufman showed her striking competence by dropping Hashi twice. The middle and end of the fight was much of the same, as Hashi seemed content on taking punishment from Kaufman in the stand-up department. Not all is bad for Hashi, she proved her resilience by continuing to fight and not allow Kaufman to finish her.

Kaufman is now the face of the women’s 135-pound division. She is 11-0 in her career and 3-0 as a Strikeforce fighter. Hashi had her 8-fight win streak stopped in her Strikeforce debut; however her 12-2 record remains solid as she hopes for a return trip inside the Strikeforce cage.



By Nick Russell Senior MMA Staff Writer

Fight Card for Strikeforce Challengers VI February 26 Fights:

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Showtime Televised Strikeforce Challengers 6 Fight Card:

  • Sarah Kaufman defeats Takayo Hashi by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) - Kaufman wins Strikeforce Women's Welterweight (135 Pound) Championship belt

  • Trevor Prangley vs Karl Amoussou - Fight ruled Technical Draw due to eye poke - Round 1 @ 4:14

  • Luke Rockhold defeats Paul Bradley by TKO (Strikes) - Round 1 @ 2:21

  • Tarec Saffiedine defeats James Terry by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Yancy Medeiros defeats Raul Castillo by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


Preliminary Fight Card for Strikeforce Challengers 6:

  • Wayne Phillips defeats Eric Lawson via Verbal Submission (Armbar) - Round 1 @ 4:27

  • Samuel Bracamnonte defeats Chris Stewart by TKO (Punches) - Round 3 @ 0:59

  • Tristan Arenal defeats George Miller by TKO (Punches) - Round 2 @ 0:30

  • Jesse Tobar defeats Johnson Nguyen via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) - Round 2 @ 1:24

  • Renee Robinson defeats Lilia Salas by TKO (Punches) - Round 1 @ 1:06

  • Steve Dickey defeats Alan Lummel by TKO (Punches) - Round 1 @ 0:33

  • Ronald Carillo defeats Anthony De Los Santos via Submission (Armbar) - Round 2 @ 1:20