Strikeforce Challengers 12 Official with 9 Bouts

By Mike Whitman Nov 10, 2010
The undercard of Strikeforce Challengers 12 was officially announced Wednesday, and it will be headlined by a heavyweight tilt between Wes Shivers and Goldman Butler. The event, which will feature four non-televised undercard bouts in total, will go down Nov. 19 from the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Miss.

Shivers is a former cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” and played a brief time in the National Football League. “The Perfect Storm” was eliminated in his first fight on the show, falling to semi-finalist James McSweeney by majority decision. The 33-year-old holds a perfect 2-0 professional record, registering two stoppage wins in a local Mississippi promotion in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Butler is 1-3 and will be making his Strikeforce debut. After starting his career with a win, Butler has lost three straight fights, all by knockout. His lone victory also came by TKO stoppage as he finished fellow Challengers 12 competitor Jacob Noe at a Cage Assault event in 2009.

Accompanying the Shivers-Butler matchup will be three additional undercard bouts. Wesley Little will take on Noe in a light heavyweight contest, and the card will be rounded out by a pair of middleweight scraps: Jeremiah Riggs vs. James Sharp and Jamie Houston vs. Dave Martin.

The event will be headlined by former international lightweight force Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, as he takes on Justin Wilcox. The show will also feature what should be an explosive standup battle between Dream welterweight champion Mariusz Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf. In a light heavyweight tilt, former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince St. Preux will meet Strikeforce veteran Antwain Britt.
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