Strikeforce Challengers 20 takes place on November 18th at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and features a matchup between 6th ranked, Julia “The Jewel” Budd and 9th ranked, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. This event will be televised LIVE on Showtime starting at 11pm EST.
With Strikeforce Champ Cris Cyborg now re-signed and defending her title in December, the winner of this fight takes a huge step towards becoming the #1 contender. Budd (2-1), a Muay Thai specialist, made her Strikeforce debut against Shana Olsen in October 2010, winning via a second round TKO. In January she would face-off against Amanda Nunes, a fight in which she would get KO’ed in just 14 seconds of round one. Five months later she would rebound, using her wrestling to grind out a decision victory over feared striker, Germaine de Randamie. Rousey (3-0), a 2008 Olympic bronze medallist in judo, has finished all six of her pro and amateur MMA fights via armbar in fewer than 60 seconds. As a pro she has defeated, Ediane Gomes in 25 seconds, Charmaine Tweet in 49 seconds and Sarah D’Alelio in 25 seconds.
**Rankings info supplied by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.