In lieu of Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson being forced off of the promotion’s planned “Destuction” event on Nov. 21 due to injury, a main event featuring middleweights Scott Smith and Terry Martin has been installed as the card’s new main event.
The news is according to a report by Ron Kruck that aired during Friday’s edition of “Inside MMA” on HDNet.
Smith is currently under contract to the LA-based Elite Xtreme Combat promotion and was scheduled to compete for the promotion on Nov. 8 in a bout against Cuban judoka Hector Lombard. However, the match was scrapped last month after the company canceled the card in light of major funding issues.
While ProElite claims it plans to promote events in 2009, fighters are being allowed to fight outside of their contract while the company attempt to reorgaize. Having competed twice for the promotion in featured matches against Robbie Lawler on CBS, Smith is one of the promotion’s most recognizable competitors.
Smith’s opponent will be the heavy-handed Martin, who, like Smith, is also a former UFC veteran. Martin is 18-5 overall in his professional MMA career and holds a lifetime record in the Octagon of 2-4 with his victories coming against Jorge Rivera and Ivan Salaverry and losses to James Irvin, Jason Lambert, Chris Leben, and Marvin Eastman.
Thomson’s scheduled opponent, Yves Edwards, will remain on the card and will instead be challenged by former UFC lightweight competitor Duane “Bang” Ludwig. Additional matchups set to take place during the show, which will emanate from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., include Bobby Southworth vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title, Joe Riggs vs. Luke Stewart, and Kim Couture vs. Lina Kvokov.