FiveOuncesOfPain.com received a press release this afternoon announcing that Strikeforce will hold its first-ever show in Denver, Colo. on Oct. 3 at the Broomfield Event Center.
A request for comment from Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz was not immediately returned but the release indicates that one of the featured matches on the show will pit hometown hero Duane “Bang” Ludwig against Sammy Morgan.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was able to confirm the matchup with Morgan’s trainer, Mike Reilly of Team Bison in Minnesota. Morgan is scheduled to fight Fabricio Camoes for EliteXC this Friday during a ShoXC event.
The release also indicates that both Phil Baroni and Frank Trigg will be involved in a “Superfight.” However, it is unclear from the release whether they will be fighting each other or compete in separate bouts. Five Ounces Of Pain contacted Trigg for comment via e-mail and he indicated that he is not scheduled to fight Baroni adding that the two currently compete in separate weight classes.
Trigg also stated he will not commit to any fights until he has competed at Sengoku 4 in Japan on Aug. 24 in a middleweight bout against Makoto Takimoto.
In other Strikeforce news, our own Gary Herman reported last night that Bobby Southworth will defend his light heavyweight title against Renato “Babalu” Sobral during “Strikeforce at the Mansion II” on Sept. 20 at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Southworth vs. Sobral title fight joins the previously announced Joe Riggs vs. Kazuo Misaki fight on the card.
MMAjunkie.com not only confirmed the Sobral vs. Southworth matchup with Strikeforce officials today but also reported that Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson and Billy Evangelista will be on the Playboy card in separate bouts.