MMA Junkie is reporting that Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight Champion Bobby Southworth will defend his title against Anthony Ruiz at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives on November 16th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
Southworth originally won the Strikeforce title belt when he earned an unanimous decision over Vernon White at Strikeforce: Triple Threat in December of last year. He successfully defended it against Bill Mahood at Strikeforce’s event at the Playboy Mansion in September. Mahood verbally submitted after injuring his ribs only a little over a minute into the first round.
Ruiz was a frequent competitor in King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge and has racked up a professional record of 17-10. Ruiz made his Strikeforce debut last October when he was submitted with an armbar by Trevor Prangley.
Update 4:00 PM: MMA on Tap has learned that the bout between Southworth and Ruiz will be a non-title affair.