Southworth-White to Fight for First Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight Title

Bobby Southworth and Vernon White will battle for the vacant Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight Championship on December 8th.

For Vernon White, this opportunity is just another chance to enjoy success in a major MMA promotion…

“It’s gonna be an honor for me to take this title and come home with it,” said the 35-year-old White, a 13-year veteran of the professional fight game who has seen action in every major mixed martial arts organization from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to Japan’s K-1 and Pride Fighting Championship. “It means a lot to me. I’ve held titles in three other organizations and I want another one.”

There seems to be some bad blood coming into this contest. Apparently Fram Shamrock has said some disrespectful things about his own brother, Ken Shamrock, creator of The Lion’s Den in which White helped Shamrock develop into one of the top fight teams of the 1990’s.

Southworth trains with the American Kickboxing Academy, a team that Frank Shamrock also used to train with.

“Frank has said some disparaging remarks about Ken and it’s not right,” explained Tiger. “I know that (Bobby) used to train with Frank, so that, in itself, makes me want to go out there and bury him because I know he thinks he’s got submission skills.”

Southworth has been regarded by many to owning the talent necessary to hold a championship but always falling short. He gets the chance to prove the critics wrong at Strikeforce: Triple Threat…


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