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Previewing Strikeforce Challengers 17

Sarah Kaufman. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

Strikeforce will hold its first-ever show in the Las Vegas area with “Strikeforce Challengers 17”, which takes place this evening at the Palms Casino Resort, a frequent stop for the UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter” finales.

The event is headlined by the third meeting between rivals Roger Bowling and Bobby Voelker, who each have a win over one another heading into their rubber match. Also scheduled is a women's bout between former welterweight champion Sarah Kaufmann and former Marine Liz Carmouche as well as a light heavyweight attraction between rising contender Ovince St. Preux and Joe Cason.

The five-fight main card will be televised live on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

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All Fighters on Weight for Strikeforce Challengers 17

Roger Bowling. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

All eighteen fighters scheduled to compete at tomorrow night's Strikeforce Challengers 17 event at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas successfully made weight on Thursday.

The show is headlined by the third meeting between rivals Roger Bowling and Bobby Voelker, who each have a win over one another headed into their rubber match tomorrow night.

Also scheduled for the event's main card is a women's bout between former welterweight champion Sarah Kaufman and former Marine Liz Carmouche as well as a light heavyweight attraction between rising contender Ovince St. Preux and Joe Cason.

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Devin Cole Pleads Guilty to Assault and Sexual Harassment Charges


Devin Cole. Photo property of the Palace Fighting Championship.

International Fight League veteran Devin Cole has reportedly pleaded guilty to charges of assault and sexual harassment following a June 15 arrest outside of a Medford, Oregon bar. Cole now faces 60 days in jail and mandatory fines to cover the female victim’s medical and legal fees

According to Sherdog.com, Cole and the victim, who was an acquaintance of his, left the bar to find an area where they could spend some time by themselves when she collided with a board outside. The Medford Police Department stated that Cole touched the victim in a “sexual manner against her will” after she sustained the injury.

Cole was originally charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration but those charges were reduced after he chose to enter into a plea agreement.

Sporting a professional record of 8-6, Cole has seen mild success since entering the world of mixed martial arts in 2005, racking up wins over Bryan Vetell, Travis Wiuff, and Mike Kyle. After being released from the IFL following four defeats in five fights, Cole signed on with the California-based Palace Fighting Championship where he most recently scored a first-round TKO of Vince Lucero last month.

Devin Cole Arrested on Rape Charges


Devin Cole grapples with Vince Lucero during their bout in May 2008. Photo property of the Palace Fighting Championship.

International Fight League veteran Devin Cole has reportedly been arrested by the Medford, Oregon police department after being charged with first-degree rape.

The news comes from a report by Sherdog.com.

No details concerning Cole’s crime are available at this time other than the additional charges he received: two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration. Cole is currently being held at the Jackson County Jail on $5,000,000 bail.

Sporting a professional record of 8-6, Cole has seen mild success since entering the world of mixed martial arts in 2005, racking up wins over Bryan Vetell, Travis Wiuff, and Mike Kyle.

After being released from the IFL following four defeats in five fights, Cole signed on with the California-based Palace Fighting Championship where he most recently scored a first-round TKO of Vince Lucero last month.