gray d strikeforce picksWelcome 6th Rounders, to my picks and predictions for Strikeforce Challengers. “Santos vs. Villasenor” will air Friday night via Showtime beginning at 11 p.m. EST. Tonight’s Strikeforce Challengers show includes a main event featuring Chute Boxe fighter Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos taking on hard-hitting Greg Jackson product “Smokin” Joe Villasenor. A solid line-up calls for solid picks, right? Whether you agree or disagree, leave your thoughts by commenting.

As a lead writer here, there’s a certain “responsibility” for making quality peeks into the future. That being said, anything can (and does) happen in mixed martial arts. With an overall 92-64 record thus far since our launch, let’s get into how I, Gray D., see the action inside the cage going down on June 19 from Kent, Washington.

Update: picks outcome of 8-3


Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos vs. “Smokin” Joe Villasenor: Villasenor by TKO in Round 2

Tim Kennedy vs. Nick Thompson: Thompson by submission in Round 1

Jorge Gurgel vs. Conor Heun: Gurgel by submission in Round 2

Shayna Baszler vs. Sarah Kaufman: Kaufman by TKO in Round 2

Cory Devela vs. Luke Rockhold: Rockhold by unanimous decision


Dennis “Superman” Hallman vs. Justin Davis: Hallman by submission in Round 3

Lyle Beerbohm vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig: Ludwig by KO in Round 1

Brian Caraway vs. Alex Zuniga: Caraway by submission in Round 2

Travis Doerge vs. Landon Showalter: Doerge by submission in Round 1

Len Bentley vs. Marques Daniels: Bentley by unanimous decision

Steve Hadsel vs. Taylor Roberts: Hadsel by unanimous decision


Gray D. is 122-78 in his overall picks here at and pens this column before every major MMA event. Outside of writing, he is a fitness/nutrition enthusiast and runs the site’s Twitter account @6thRound.