The Strikeforce challenger 14 event taking place at the Cedar Park Center in Austin Texas, will be another great opportunity for up and coming MMA prospects like Ryan Couture. The fight card consists of seven bouts and the main card will be televised live on Showtime. Here are my predictions for the upcoming Strikeforce challenger 14 event.
Lyle Beerbohm versus Pat Healy
Beerbohm is undefeated and will try to keep it that way. Only 2 of his 15 total fights made it to the final bell. Beerbohm should be able to control the pace with his more developed skills. Beerbohm wins by TKO round 2.
Bryan Travers versus Carlo Prater
A fight that will probably turn into an entertaining grappling match, Prater’s experience on the ground will probably be too much for the less experienced Travers to deal with. Carlo Prater wins by submission.
Ryan Couture versus Lee Higgins
The son of UFC hall of famer Randy Couture tries to add another win to his MMA record. In his debut fight, Ryan looked impressive easily submitting his opponent in the first round. Higgins will be a much tougher test for Ryan than his previous opponent. Higgins is 2-0 in his MMA career, and has won both fights by submission. Tough fight to call, but I have to go with Ryan Couture based on his genes. Ryan Couture wins by submission.
David Douglas versus Nick Gonzalez
While Gonzalez is clearly the more experienced fighter, Douglas’ energy might prove to be too much for Gonzalez to handle. Douglas wins by TKO round 3.
Erik Apple versus Ryan Larson
Erik Apple will be highly motivated to secure a win after his last loss to Bobby Voelker. He should have no problems overwhelming Larson and securing the submission. Erik Apple wins by submission round one.
Drew Pendleton versus Dennis Dombrow
This should be an entertaining fight between two undefeated fighters. Drew Pendleton has a bit of an edge in the striking department, and should be able out point Dombrow. Pendleton wins by decision.
Ousmane Thomas Diagne versus Aaron Franco
Franco should be able to use his weight advantage and grappling skills to control the fight. Franco wins by submission.