(Babalu’s mugshot, because why not.)
For the second time in the organization’s history, Strikeforce will host an MMA event in the posh and jiggly confines of the Playboy Mansion. According to a newly distributed press release, the fight club will return to Beverly Hills on September 20th for a ten-bout card that will be headlined by a light heavyweight title match between Strikeforce champion Bobby Southworth (who last defended his belt in a five-round snoozer with Anthony Ruiz in June) and challenger Renato “Babalu” Sobral, who recently defeated Mike Whitehead via decision at Affliction: Banned. Said Sobral: “He is the protector and I am the hunter. I am already in shape and prepared to take it from him. I want to be the new Strikeforce world champion and if I could become champion while fighting at a venue like the Playboy Mansion, that would make a good win even better.”
Also on the card is Josh “The Punk” Thomson defending his lightweight scrap against an opponent to be announced later, and a middleweight feature between highly regarded Pancrase/PRIDE/Sengoku vet Kazuo Misaki and Joe “Diesel” Riggs (whose last Strikeforce appearance didn’t go so well). And if that weren’t enough to convince you:
In addition to a full night of MMA action, all “Strikeforce At The Mansion II” guests will be entitled to a top-shelf, open bar; buffet-style, gourmet dinner; and wine-tasting party featuring the spirits of various California gold medal wineries.
Oh, Strikeforce…you had me at “buffet-style.”
Also, Strikeforce will be venturing out of California for the second time on October 3rd, as the Broomfield Event Center near Denver will play host to “Payback,” featuring a main event of Duane “Bang” Ludwig vs. Sammy Morgan; the two fighters previously met at Ring of Fire 16 in April 2005, where Morgan knocked out Ludwig in 52 seconds. Phil Baroni, Frank Trigg, and Pete Spratt are also expected to appear, though no opponents have been announced yet.