Strikeforce Challengers: “Villasenor vs. Santos” Photo Gallery

Joey Villasenor lands a left hand on his way to a split decision win over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in a middleweight clash in Kent, Wash. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Courtesy of Strikeforce and Showtime Sports, here is a small collection of photos from last night’s Strikeforce Challengers event, which took place at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.

As shown above, Joey Villasenor and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos collided in a main-event middleweight affair. Villasenor came away with a split decision over the Brazilian. More photos from the event are after the jump.

“Smokin” Joe Villasenor raises his arms in triumph over Evangelista Cyborg Friday night in the main event on the second Strikeforce Challengers series on Showtime. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Tim Kennedy begins his celebration following his defeat of Nick “The Goat” Thompson by submission by strikes at 2:37 of the second round. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Jorge Gurgel used his punches and kicks, like this one, effectively to beat Conor “Hurricane” Heun by unanimous decision in a 160-pound catch-weight matchup at the ShoWare Center. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Gurgel, at right, and Heun proved to be the match of the night as the two battled all the way to the finish with Gurgel gaining the victory on all three judges’ cards. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Sarah Kaufman goes right at Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler in a 135-pound women’s matchup won by Kaufman, who remains undefeated at 10-0. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Luke Rockhold needed only 30 seconds to get Cory Devela to tap out by rear-naked choke Friday night on Showtime.



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