Strikeforce Challengers returned on June 24 in Kent, Wash. for their sixteenth event. Headlining the event were a couple of lightweight battles, featuring up-and-coming prospects.

Fodor battles past Terry

Caros Fodor returned to his home state to take on a veteran of six Strikeforce bouts, James Terry. Both men prepared to go to war, looking to make a run in the lightweight division.

From the start, Fodor made it clear that he was coming in aggressive. He was able to control Terry throughout and land sufficient strikes to outpoint him in the opening round.

In round two, Fodor looked to continue his dominance by working his jab early. To avoid the shots, Terry was able to clinch and press his opponent against the cage. From there, Terry had one of his few highlights of the night as he was able to land a double-leg takedown. However, Fodor showed great defense on the ground and was able to get back to his feet. Consequently, Fodor continued his Muay Thai game by landing many knees and punches.

As the final round approached, Fodor had a good idea that it was his fight to lose. He did not let up a bit, however, and continued to come at Terry, forcing him to circle out of the pocket. Terry did not give up though and even earned top position late in the fight, but it was too little, too late as the bell sounded.

The judges saw it the way of Caros Fodor who claimed a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Ricehouse upsets Couture

The most recognizable name on the card, Ryan Couture, took on Matt Ricehouse in the co-main event. Ryan is the son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, and held an undefeated record of 2-0 coming into the fight. His opponent, Ricehouse, also has never been beaten in his career, which made this a fight to look forward to.

Both men are mainly jiu-jitsu fighters, but neither wanted to risk taking the fight to the ground. The two remained standing for the majority of the fight, with Ricehouse landing strikes more consistently. He was able to earn the first and second rounds, but Couture was able to come back and win the third.

Ricehouse earned the decision victory with all judges scoring the bout 29-28.

Larkin outpoints Villante

In a light heavyweight showdown, Gian Villante and Lorenz Larkin went toe-to-toe for three rounds.

Early in the fight, Villante looked to have the upper hand by earning a takedown and controlling Larkin for the entire first round.

The tables turned, however, as Larkin was able to find his rhythm throughout the remainder of the fight. He stayed light on his feet and used quick movement to get angles on Villante to land heavy shots. The judges made a consensus decision for Lorenz Larkin, 29-28.

High outwrestles Mulhern

In a wrestler vs. grappler match-up, Jason High took on Quinn Mulhern.

Not much to say in this one, as High repeatedly took down Mulhern. Mulhern showed that he has many aspects to work on as far as wrestling. But High wasn’t able to do any damage to the jiu-jitsu brown belt. He did, however, have top position the entire fight to earn a clear-cut decision victory.

Budd and de Randamie battle in women’s action

In the only women’s contest, Julia Budd and Germaine de Randamie looked to make a case for Fight of the Night honors.

Not a lot of stand-up game in this one, as both Budd and de Randamie chose to fight on the ground the majority of the time. Budd was able to get top position for the most part, which earned her a decision win.

Main Card Results

Caros Fodor def. James Terry by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Matt Ricehouse def. Ryan Couture by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Lorenz Larkin def. Gian Villante by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jason High def. Quinn Mulhern by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Julia Budd def. Germaine de Randamie by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Undercard Results

Derek Brunson def. Jeremy Hamilton by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Eduardo Pamplona def. Jerron Peoples by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:40

Trevor Smith def. Keith Berry by submission (north-south choke). Round 2, 3:02

Photo: Caros Fodor (Strikeforce)

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