Statistically, very few readers of a Canadian, B.C.-centric MMA blog are likely to find themselves in Southern California on any given Friday in February, but, just in case you plan to be there, make absolutely sure you snap up some tickets to Strikeforce Challengers VI set for San Jose's Civic Auditorium on February 26th. Of course, that's because Sarah Kaufman (10-0), the fighting pride of Victoria, B.C., will fight in the co-main event against Japan's Takayo Hashi (12-1) for the vacant 135lb. women's world title.
The tickets go on sale today and are available through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000)/ Strikeforce.com. They start at just $30 USD; don't worry, that's just $31.65 CAD at today's exchange rate.
So, if you're a Sarah Kaufman groupie who is a bit hard-up for cash, here's my advice: find some like-minded hard-cores, rent/borrow/buy a hippie van (preferably one that runs on natural gas) unless you already have one, make very certain that you all have passports, and head on down there to catch the show! Come to think of it, that's a great idea! All I want to know is, who's coming with me?
Alright, I'm not totally serious, but I would certainly consider any propositions that might find their way to firstname.lastname@example.org. After all, who really has, Strikeforce's Canadian broadcast partner, Superchannel in their homes these days? Nobody I know, that's for sure. Then again, if this whole Kaufman-groupie-van idea doesn't pan out, I might have to look into getting it because I can't, in good conscience, miss seeing this fight live. Does anyone know of a sports bar that gets Superchannel? Probably not, I guess.
The rest of the Strikeforce Challengers VI card looks pretty darn good, too:
- Trevor Prangley (22-5) vs. Karl Amoussou (11-2-1)
- Sarah Kaufman (10-0) vs. Takayo Hashi (12-1)
- Luke Rockhold (6-1) vs. Paul Bradley (12-1)
- Jame Terry (7-1) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (7-2)
- Raul Castillo (6-0) vs. Yancy Medeiros (4-0)