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Strikeforce Announces Full Card for “Challengers 14” on Feb 18

Lyle Beerbohm. Photo courtesy of Fight of Your Life Communications.

NEW YORK – Bryan Travers (14-2), of Bakersfield, Calif., takes on Carlo "Neo’’ Prater (25-10-1) of Bryan, Texas, at a catch weight of 160 pounds, Erik "Bad’’ Apple (10-2), of Laguna Niguel, Calif., will be opposed by local favorite Ryan Larson (5-2), of Austin, Texas, in a welterweight (170 pounds) skirmish.

David "Tarzan’’ Douglas (5-2) of Antioch, Calif., takes on Austin fan favorite Nick "The Ghost’’ Gonzalez (16-8, 1 NC) at 150 pounds in featured bouts of a Strikeforce Challengers fight card presented by Rockstar Energy Drink at Cedar Park Center in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, Texas, this Friday, Feb. 18, live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In the main event, unbeaten rising star Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm (15-0) of Spokane, Wash., takes on dangerous veteran Pat "Bam Bam’’ Healy (25-17) of St. Louis. Unbeaten lightweights Ryan Couture (1-0), of Las Vegas, the son of MMA legend Randy Couture and Houston’s Lee Higgins (2-0) will clash in another televised fight.

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The Daily Recap: Ishii Considering Move to Strikeforce, Dos Santos Picks “TUF 13” Coaches & More

Satoshi Ishii. Photo courtesy of FEG.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Japanese Olympic gold medalist judoka Satoshi Ishii is reportedly considered a move to Strikeforce, possibly as as next month for a "Challengers" event scheduled on February 18. Ishii is planning to drop down to the light heavyweight division as well. The 24-year-old last competed at Dynamite!! 2010, winning an unanimous decision over famed K-1 kickboxer Jerome LeBanner. [Nightmare of Battle]

— UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos has selected a coaching staff for his upcoming stint as a coach on "The Ultimate Fighter 13", which is set to debut March 30 on Spike. The quartet will include boxing coach Luis Carlos Dorea, BJJ champion Antonio Peinado, Muay Thai trainer Billy Scheibe and Rafael Alejarra, who formerly served as a conditioning coach for Wanderlei Silva. []

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Two Bouts Confirmed for ShoXC in September

Shane Del Rosario. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

EliteXC has confirmed two previously rumored bouts for the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Undefeated heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario will attempt to stay undefeated against Jon Murphy while WEC veteran Erik Apple takes on Matt Makowski.

Del Rosario has won his first four professional bouts to start his career and remains unbeaten in ShoXC events, winning two consecutive fights. Del Rosario last earned a first-round TKO of Analu Brash at a ShoXC event in March. Prior to that, he submitted Amedeo Viola in October of last year.

Murphy has struggled as of late, dropping three out of his last four fights. He stepped up to the national stage when he took on Brett Rogers during EliteXC’s inaugural network television debut on CBS back in May. He was stopped in the first round by Rogers. Murphy also owns a knockout over UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst.

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