ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers logoShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers

Couture vs. Vera II Goes Down Tonight

E. Spencer KyteSenior Analyst INovember 20, 2009

Lost in the shuffle of last weekend's UFC 105 and the impending UFC 106 tomorrow night, the next installment of the Strikeforce Challengers series hits Kansas City, Kansas, tonight with a familiar fight on the card: Couture vs. Vera.

Last weekend was the men, tonight it's the ladies, as Kerry Vera and Kim Couture meet in the co-main event.

Vera is the wife of UFC light heavyweight Brandon Vera, while many will recognize "Sugar Free" as the now ex-wife of Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Both still new to competition, they will each be looking further establish themselves individually and escape the fighting shadows cast by their current and former significant others, respectively.

While Vera and Couture are the most recognizable names on the fight card, the main event offers another chance to catch one of the top welterweight prospects in the business, as undefeated American Top Team member Tyron Woodley takes to the cage against Rudy Bears.

The main also features a light heavyweight showdown between Aaron Rosa and Black House member Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, and the return of Kevin Casey, a fighter most notable for his association with Reality TV uber-douche Spencer Pratt.

Much like the WEC card of a few nights ago and WEC cards in general, the Challenger Series has routinely delivered high-quality MMA despite being drastically under the radar, and tonight will be no different.

Watch the events unfold live on Showtime, or if you're in the Kansas City area, tickets are still available at the Memorial Hall box office.

Photo courtesy of Esther Lin / Strikeforce.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices