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Strikeforce Challengers 17 Preliminary Adds Two New Bouts

Written on July 13, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Face-off between Ben Lagman and Louis Taylor, Bill Cooper and Maka Watson, has been added to the next week's Strikeforce Challengers 17 event.

New matches were listed to the preliminary card of the event, which will be held on July 22 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. This includes, middleweights vs and lightweights and . The night’s main card, which also highlights the bout between Roger Bowling and Bobby Voelker, will be aired on Showtime.

Michigan-based fighter Ben Lagman (6-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) has been fighting under the King of the Cage (KOTC), and has turned pro several years ago. He faced most of the best MMA fighters in the industry, including Kenny McCorkell (10-5) and Angelo Popofski (15-9). Ben Lagman is known for finishing his opponents in less than two minutes — which is what he did to his five victories.

Challenging him is Louis Taylor (7-2 MMA, 0-2 SF), who is aiming to have his first victory under the promotion. He obtained submission losses from the powerful punches of Nate Moore and Joe Riggs, but recently rebounded from this downfall with a submission victory over Jason Louck (14-8) at an event in Illinois.

Bill Cooper (1-0 MMA, 0-0 SF), on the other hand, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belter who have won several titles with his outstanding MMA skills. He successfully beats Hermes Franca during a grappling superfight in a UFC Fan Expo event last May 2010, and won his first pro bout over Sammy Rodrigues at a Gladiator Challenge show. His opponent, Maka Watson, is a veteran fighter of Rumble on the Rock who has four stoppages in all of his victories.

The latest Strikeforce Challengers 17 card includes:

Roger Bowling vs. Bobby Voelker
Lavar Johnson vs. Devin Cole
Joe Cason vs. Ovince St-Preux
Liz Carmouche vs.
vs. Ron Stallings

Guto Inocente vs. Lionel Lanham
Ben Lagman vs. Louis Taylor
Bill Cooper vs. Maka Watson
Sterling Ford vs. Brian McLaughlin (not officially announced)

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