San Jose, CA. —Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith (13-5) weighed in at 185 ½ lbs. and his opponent, Terry Martin (18-5), tipped the scales at 186 lbs. one day before their meeting at Strikeforce “Destruction,” the mixed martial arts mega-event at San Jose’s HP Pavilion.
Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion Bobby Southworth (9-5) and his opponent, Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7), both registered in at 204 lbs. Knockout artists and opponents Duane “Bang” Ludwig (17-8) and Yves Edwards (34-14-1) weighed in at 163 lbs. and 164 lbs, respectively.
The following are the official fighter weights from today’s weigh-ins at Hotel DeAnza:
Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith – 185.5 lbs. vs Terry Martin – 186 lbs.
Bobby Southworth – 204 lbs. vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral – 204 lbs.
Duane “Bang” Ludwig – 163 lbs. vs Yves Edwards – 164 lbs.
Kim “Sugar Free” Couture – 132 lbs. vs Lina Kvokov – 133 lbs.
Joe “Diesel” Riggs – 170.5 lbs. vs Luke Stewart – 170.5 lbs.
Brad Royster – 134 lbs. vs Darren “Bone Crusher” Uyenoyama – 136 lbs.
Nik Theotikos – 185.5 lbs. vs Luke Rockhold – 185.5 lbs.
Zakary Bucia – 169 lbs. vs Adam Steele – 168 lbs.
Alvin Cacdac – 143 lbs. vs Jose Palacios – 145 lbs.
Lemont Davis – 173 lbs. vs Brian Schwartz – 175 lbs.
Josh Neal – 184 lbs. vs Kurt “Rhino” Osiander – 185 lbs.
Bobby Stack – 155 lbs. vs Cyrillo Padilha – 156 lbs.
Tony Johnson – 184 lbs. vs Eric Lawson – 185 lbs.
HP Pavilion doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for Strikeforce “Destruction” and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m. The main card will commence at 7:30 p.m.
The live HDNet telecast of Strikeforce “Destruction” will begin at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST).
Renato Sobral. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Southworth vs. “Babalu” Greenlit For Nov. 21st: Riggs battles Stewart, tickets for Strikeforce “Destruction” on sale Monday
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Only two months after injuries to both fighters postponed their scheduled showdown, a healthy Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion, Bobby Southworth (9-5), will make his highly anticipated title defense against surgically repaired superstar, Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7), in the main event of Strikeforce “Destruction” at San Jose’s HP Pavilion on Friday, November 21st.
Joe “Diesel” Riggs (28-11) will make his return to the welterweight (170 lb. limit) division in a featured contest with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Luke Stewart (6-1). Strikeforce World Lightweight (155 lb. limit) Champion, Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2), will set out to defend his crown for the first time and notch his ninth consecutive victory against an opponent to be announced.
“It’s my title and I plan on defending it,” said Southworth, who had originally been slated to put his belt on the line against Sobral in the main event of Strikeforce’s second affair at the world-famous Playboy Mansion on September 20th. Stabilization problems stemming from a past knee injury, however, sidelined Southworth. “The stabilization in my knee is back and so is my strength.”
Joe Riggs. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In his first fight since undergoing surgery to yet again repair his oft-injured back, former UFC welterweight title challenger Joe Riggs will replace longtime veteran Shonie Carter in a featured bout against rising prospect Luke Stewart at Strikeforce’s “Melendez vs. Thomson” show on June 27th.
Strikeforce VP Mike Afromowitz confirmed the change to the card with Sherdog.com.
Carter will be unable to participate after shattering a knuckle in his hand during a recent training session, likely putting his ability to pass a required physical examination under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission in doubt.
Riggs’ return to action will come four months after he suffered a scary back injury against Cory Devela at “Strikeforce at the Dome” in February. Riggs underwent successful surgery to repair nerves that were pinched by a bulging disc just days after the event. He will meet Stewart at a catch-weight of 178 lbs.
After winning five straight fights under the Strikeforce banner to start his professional career, Stewart suffered his first loss at the EliteXC and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le show in March, losing an unanimous decision to Tiki Ghosn.
The main event will feature reigning Strikeforce lightweight title holder Gilbert Melendez, who has yet to lose inside the promotion, defend his title against American Kickboxing Academy product Josh Thomson, who has won six straight fights, five of them with the organization.
In a fantastic third round to an exceptionally exciting, give-and-take slugfest Saturday on Showtime, Cung Le delivers the kick that may have broken Frank Shamrock’s arm. Le captured the Strikeforce middleweight title when defending champion Shamrock could not continue after the third round.
SAN JOSE – In a bruising battle of Bay Area rivals, undefeated Cung Le broke the right arm of defending champion Frank Shamrock en route to capturing the Strikeforce middleweight title with a thrilling, give-and-take, crowd-pleasing third-round TKO Saturday on Showtime.
The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated mixed martial arts event, presented by EliteXC and Strikeforce, attracted an enthusiastic, well-behaved crowd of 16,326 at the HP Pavilion that produced a gate of more than $1 million. Those in attendance included EliteXC standouts Kimbo Slice, Jake Shields, Nick Diaz and Phil Baroni.
The fight card aired on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Gilbert Melendez (14-1) of San Francisco successfully defended his Strikeforce lightweight belt with a second-round knockout over hard-trying but outclassed Gabe Lemley (11-7) of New London, Iowa, in a second world title match on a five-bout telecast.
In other televised scraps, Drew Fickett (32-5) of Tucson, Ariz., earned a shot at the vacant EliteXC welterweight crown against Jake Shields by submitting Korea’s Jae Suk Lim (9-4) in the first round; super heavyweight Wayne Cole (11-6) of Oklahoma City, Okla., submitted (armbar) Mike Kyle (9-6-1) of San Jose in the first round and EliteXC standout Joey Villasenor (25-6) of Albuquerque, N.M., knocked out Ryan Jensen (11-4) of Omaha, Neb., in the first round.
In the top non-televised fight, Tiki Ghosn (10-7) of Huntington Beach, Calif., registered an upset three-round decision over previously undefeated welter Luke Stewart (5-1) of San Francisco by the scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice.
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UFC 82 Fighters Test Clean
All of the fighters that were tested following UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st came back negative for performance enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.
The ten fighters that were tested are as follows: Andrei Arlovski, Anderson Silva, Heath Herring, Chris Leben, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, Yushin Okami, Jon Fitch, Luigi Fioravanti, and Jorge Gurgel.
Clark-Harper Finalizes Next Week’s WEC Show
After opponent Bryan Baker was tapped to replace WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen, Logan Clark will now take on American Top Team’s Scott Harper in a middleweight preliminary bout.
Clark revealed the news on his official website yesterday.
“Scott may have a few losses but hasn’t dropped a fight since joining American Top Team this last year,” Clark said in the post. “He is on a three fight win streak with three submission stoppages. He looks to have a good ground game but not exceptional stand-up. This means that I will be able to stick with my previous gameplan and look for the knockout standing.”
Two More EliteXC Bouts in March
Light heavyweights Aaron Rosa and Jaime Fletcher will now clash on the televised main card portion of this Friday’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event.
The news comes from ProElite.com, which also reports that a women’s bout between Jen Case and Cristiane Cyborg was scrapped after it was learned that Cyborg would be unable to enter the United States in time for the event due to visa issues.
Luke Stewart will also meet veteran Tiki Ghosn at the upcoming Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le”, which take place on March 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, according to MMA Junkie.
Report: Lytle Tapped for July UFC Return
The Fight Network is reporting that popular welterweight Chris Lytle will likely return to action at UFC 86 in July against an opponent yet to be named.
Lytle has now won two out of his last three bouts inside the UFC. A loss to Thiago Alves because of a cut is currently sandwiched in between wins over Jason Gilliam and Kyle Bradley.
World Victory Road Announces Fighter for Next Event
WVR officials have announced four confirmed participants for their next event on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
Roger Gracie, Satoru Kitaoka, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at this past weekend’s DREAM event, are all expected to be in action. Even though his name was not mentioned, former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman has stated that he will be fighting at the show as well.