Strikeforce Challengers

An Interstate 70 Series of a different kind kicks off tonight when former two-time All-American University of Missouri wrestler Tyron “T-Wood” Woodley of St. Louis takes on all-around badass Rudy Bears of Kansas City in mixed martial arts at Memorial Hall (600 North Seventh Street in KCK, 913-549-4853). Woodley (4-0) has won every fight by submission and is known for his deadly “armbar” maneuver. Bears (13-5) has won his last six straight. He obviously likes to punch. And whichever slugger emerges superior will wind up with ultimate bragging rights because the match will be broadcast live on Showtime. Plus, the undercard fights look properly menacing. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the event begins at 8. Tickets start at $35 through