Wilcox, Damm Set for Strikeforce Challengers 15


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

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

Once again next spring, the UFC will head to the Garden State, this time for a card on broadcast partner FOX. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is coming back to "The Garden State" for its UFC on FOX 15 mixed martial arts (MMA) event inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Sat., April 18, 2 read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced a last-minute switcheroo for the upcoming UFC 181 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 6, 2014 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, a read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 23 views

With Jon "Bones" Jones set to take on former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3 at UFC 182, much more is at stake than hardware. Before Jones makes his eighth title defense—he' read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 4 views

The UFC is set for a historic run of top-notch fight cards. Ten events will take us through the end of 2014 and to the beginning of 2015. What are the best fights you'll have to watch? That's what we read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 views

A pair of veteran welterweights in need of a victory will collide at UFC 184. With both fighters looking to snap three-fight losing streaks, Josh Koscheck and Jake Ellenberger will meet on Feb. 28 at read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 23 views

It didn't look good early and then BAM! Feel that left hand. The heavyweights were mixing it up on the main card of tonight's (Sat., Nov. 22, 2014) UFC Fight Night 57: "Edgar vs. Swanson" event at Fr read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 views

Like many fighters, Will Noland dreams of fighting in the UFC. Unlike many fighters, he is close to making his dream a reality. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC's next visit to New Jersey will be on April 18th, 2015, as Newark's Prudential Center plays host to UFC on Fox 15. Moments before New Jersey's Frankie Edgar began his thorough destruction of read news >>

Jump to: