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
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
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
American Top Team’s Jorge
Masvidal and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 alum Santino
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.
Wilcox (155.2) vs. Rodrigo
Larkin (205.8) vs. Scott
Douglas (154) vs. Caros Fodor
Terry (164.2) vs. Josh
Douglas (168.6) vs. Wayne
Avila (149.8) vs. Rafael Rios
Escalante (130) vs. Raul
Arenal (*156) vs. Tom
Antolin (125.4) vs. Ronald
* 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
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