Strikeforce® Returns To Washington

On June 24 With The Sport’s Top Rising Stars

 

Seattle’s Caros Fodor And Ryan Couture Set To Compete

At Showare Center In Kent

 

Main event:

Caros Fodor vs. James Terry

 

Plus:

Ryan Couture vs. Matt Ricehouse

Lorenz Larkin vs. Gian Villante

Antwain Britt vs. Danillo Villefort

Julia Budd vs. Germaine de Randamie

 

Friday, June 24

Showare Center – Kent, Wash.

Live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on West Coast)

 

Tickets On Sale Today

 

June 24, 2011

Showare Center

Kent, Washington

 

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The sport’s fastest-rising stars continue their budding careers when STRIKEFORCE®

returns to ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., on Friday, June 24. In the main event of STRIKEFORCE

Challengers, lightweight Caros “The Future” Fodor (8-2) of nearby Kirkland, Wash. defends his home turf

when he meets the hard-hitting James Terry (10-2), a protégé of middleweight star Cung Le.

 

The night’s co-feature is equally explosive, as Woodinville’s Ryan Couture (2-0), the son of UFC® Hall of

Famer Randy Couture, looks for his third straight victory when he battles undefeated Matt Ricehouse (4-0).

 

STRIKEFORCE Challengers 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).

 

STRIKEFORCE® Challengers, which is presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, will air LIVE on SHOWTIME®

at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

 

“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.”

 

Tickets for the event are priced at $100, $75, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges, and are

on sale TODAY. Tickets are available at ShoWare Center ’s Box Office in downtown Kent, online at

ShoWareCenter.com, Facebook.com/ShoWareCenter or by phone at 253.856.6999 or 866.973.9613.

 

Caros Fodor (fighting out of Kirkland, Wash.), 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 James Terry (fighting out of Livermore , Calif. ) at ShoWare

Center. 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.

 

Ryan Couture (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.), 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 (fighting out of St. Charles , Mo. ) in 155-pound action.

 

Perhaps no fighter heads to Kent with as much momentum as undefeated light heavyweight Lorenz Larkin

(fighting out of Riverside , Calif. ) 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 (fighting out of Bellmore, N.Y.), whose

seven victories have all come by way of stoppage.

 

Former UFC competitor Danillo Villefort (fighting out of Coconut Creek , Fla) 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 (fighting out of Virginia Beach , Va. ). 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 (fighting out of Port Moody , British

Columbia, Canada) against Germaine de Randamie (fighting out of Utrecht, The Netherlands).

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.

 

For more information, visit www.strikeforce.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

 

About STRIKEFORCE® - www.strikeforce.com

Owned and operated by Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the Ultimate Fighting

Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in San Jose,

Calif. that currently holds 16 live events annually across the United States . First established as a mixed

martial arts entity in 2006, STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on Showtime® Networks, Inc. and

has produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network. With a growing roster featuring the

world’s elite competitors, STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality mixed

martial arts action.

 

About Showtime Networks Inc.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the

premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex

channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®,

SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL

XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and

THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between

SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced

sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition

to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

 

About ShoWare Center

North America's first LEED® GOLD sports & entertainment arena, ShoWare Center in Kent, WA is home to

the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Club, Indoor Football League’s Seattle Timberwolves and Lingerie

Football’s Seattle Mist as well as concerts, family shows, corporate events, tradeshows and other sporting

events. Located just 17 miles from Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma, ShoWare Center offers guests

complimentary parking and is the crown jewel in a well-designed gathering place for the residents of the

Puget Sound region. ShoWare Center is an SMG-managed facility.

 

Contact:

- Strikeforce

  Dave Sholler: dsholler@ufc.com

 

- Showtime Sports®

  Chris DeBlasio: Chris.DeBlasio@Showtime.net

  Annie Van Tornhout: Annie.VanTornhout@Showtime.net

 

- ShoWare Center

  Beth Sylves: BSylves@showarecenter.com

 

 

- Press Release from Showtime

 

 

Subject to change

 

 

 

(5/11/11)