Seeking his sixth consecutive victory, American Kickboxing Academy representative Justin Wilcox knocks at the door of lightweight relevance.

Wilcox checked in at 155.2 pounds for his showdown with Sengoku Raiden Championship veteran Rodrigo Damm (155.8) in the Strikeforce Challengers 15 headliner on Friday at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. The eight other men slated for duty on the televised card -- including AMC Pankration prospect Caros Fodor (155.4) and Cesar Gracie protégé David Douglas (154) -- also made weight without incident at Thursday’s official weigh-in.

Based in San Jose, Calif., Wilcox has won five fights in a row and nine of his past 10. The 31-year-old former bodybuilder last appeared at Strikeforce Challengers 12 in November, when he earned a unanimous decision over four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Vitor Ribeiro at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Miss. Victories over former WEC lightweight titleholder Gabe Ruediger, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 cast member Shamar Bailey and Pride Fighting Championships veteran Daisuke Nakamura anchor Wilcox’s resume. He has secured eight of his 10 wins by decision.

Damm enters the match headed in the opposite direction, having lost three of his last four. The 31-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has not competed since SRC 13 in June, when he succumbed to second-round punches from the gifted Maximo Blanco at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Damm owns notable victories against American Top Team’s Jorge Masvidal and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 alum Santino Defranco.

Strikeforce Challengers 15 -- which also features a light heavyweight tilt pitting John Hackleman disciple Scott Lighty (205.4) against unbeaten prospect Lorenz Larkin (205.8), a welterweight duel pairing James Terry (164.2) with Josh Thornburg (163.6) and a welterweight matchup between Wayne Phillips (170.2) and Damion Douglas (168.6) -- will air on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Justin Wilcox (155.2) vs. Rodrigo Damm (155.8)
Lorenz Larkin (205.8) vs. Scott Lighty (**205.4)
David Douglas (154) vs. Caros Fodor (155.4)
James Terry (164.2) vs. Josh Thornburg (163.6)
Damion Douglas (168.6) vs. Wayne Phillips (170.2)
Anthony Avila (149.8) vs. Rafael Rios (149.4)
Robert Escalante (130) vs. Raul Sandoval (130.6)
Tristan Arenal (*156) vs. Tom Peterson (155.2)
Adam Antolin (125.4) vs. Ronald Carillo (124.6)

* Arenal made weight on his follow-up try.

** Lighty successfully hit his marks at 8:52 p.m. ET.

Reader comments are active below. Chime in with an opinion or thought by signing in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google or Yahoo! account.
view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Quest Continues for Tyron Woodley

  • 9 days ago

Tyron Woodley has always been honest about his progress and potential as a fighter. During his Strikeforce days, the Ferguson, Missouri native was clear that he was a work in progress – a fighter read news >>

Overeem: ‘Werdum doesn't want anything to do with me’

  • 15 days ago

Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem believes the UFC heavyweight champion is not interested in a rubber match against him. In the immediate aftermath of Fabricio Werdum remarkabl read news >>

Luke Rockhold says Strikeforce fighters never got credit they deserved due to UFC's hype train

  • 19 days ago

Before stepping foot for the first time inside the Octagon, Luke Rockhold had long been one of the best middleweight fighter's in all of mixed martial arts (MMA). However, Ultimate Fighting Champions read news >>

Fedor Emelianenko’s return is dynamite with a damp fuse

  • 19 days ago

Strikeforce never went full Pride FC, but in Scott Coker’s homecoming to San Jose — which Bellator familiarly dubbed "Dynamite" — the homage to Japan was so retrotechnic, so pyrospective, it almost f read news >>

Still bound by UFC contract, Cung Le wants retirement fight under Scott Coker

  • 22 days ago

SAN JOSE -- Former UFC and Strikeforce star Cung Le spoke with MMA Fighting on Thursday about his current contract status with the UFC, why he wants to fight for Bellator and the possibility of there read news >>

Full UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm Press Conference Video

  • 22 days ago

UFC champions Ronda Rousey and Joanna Jedrzejczyk took the stage with challengers Holly Holm and Valerie Letourneau for the UFC 193 press conference in Melbourne. read news >>

UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm Press Conference Video Highlights

  • 23 days ago

UFC champions Ronda Rousey and Joanna Jedrzejczyk took the stage with their challengers Holly Holm and Valerie Letourneau for the UFC 193 on-sale press conference. read news >>

Kamuela Kirk replaces injured Isaac Vallie-Flagg against Estevan Payan at WSOF 23

  • 24 days ago

Strikeforce and UFC veteran Isaac Vallie-Flagg suffered an elbow injury which has forced him out of his WSOF 23 preliminary bout with Estavan Payan.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Gina Carano joins 'Free Nick Diaz' movement, demands apology from 'tyrants' at NSAC

  • 24 days ago

Former Strikeforce featherweight attraction Gina Carano, who was the "women's face of mixed martial arts (MMA)" prior to the arrival of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight Ronda Rousey, read news >>

Bellator 142: Meet Mike Bronzoulis, the Greek 'Conor McGregor of Bellator MMA'

  • 25 days ago

The script for the triumphant reunion of former Strikeforce Lightweight champion Josh Thomson and his former boss, Scott Coker, appears to already be written. Mike Bronzoulis, however, would like to read news >>