Strikeforce lands in Colorado tomorrow night

The highly respected mixed martial arts (MMA) organization known as Strikeforce will make its Colorado debut on Friday at the Broomfield Event Center  and will air live on HDNet. The Strikeforce: Payback card lines up like this:

Broomfield Event Center, Broomfield, CO
Friday, October 3, 2008 – 8:00PM (Prelims at 6:30PM)

Main Event – 165 lbs. – Duane “Bang” Ludwig (16-8) vs. Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-11)
185 lbs. – Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg (17-6) vs. Falaniko Vitale (26-8)
175 lbs. – Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni (12-10) vs. James Martinez (4-9)
170 lbs. – Pete “The Secret Weapon” Spratt (18-14) vs. Donnie Liles (11-5)
155 lbs. – Luke Caudillo (18-14) vs. Billy Evangelista (7-0)
205 lbs. – Andrew Walker (0-0) vs. Carlos Zevallos (0-0)
112 lbs. – Michelle “Karate Hottie” Watterson (3-2) vs. Tyra Parker (0-1)
145 lbs. – Tyler Toney (0-0) vs. Ricky Johnson (0-1)

170 lbs. – Lumumba Sawyers vs. Drew Dober
155 lbs. – Jordan Goodwin vs. Alan Gomez
155 lbs. – Jeremy Malaterre vs. Joel Mickells
125 lbs. – Aaron Trujillo vs. Haven Torres

Press Release:
Strikeforce MMA Heads To Colorado With Star-Studded Lineup

SAN JOSE, Calif. — World championship mixed martial arts (MMA) federation Strikeforce is set to make its highly-anticipated debut in Colorado with a pack of Denver-area superstars, including world champion knockout artist Duane “Bang” Ludwig (16-8) and “Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson, at Broomfield Event Center on Friday.

Also in action on the 10 bout cage fight card will be two-time UFC championship challenger and former Pride Fighting Championship superstar Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg (17-6), who will square off with Hawaiian submission wizard, Falaniko “Niko” Vitale (26-8), in a middleweight (185 lb. limit) contest.

Ludwig will attempt to avenge the brutal, 52 second knockout that he suffered at the hands of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” season three contestant, Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-11), at the same arena on April 9, 2005.

The stunning 22-year-old Waterson, best known as a competitor on Oxygen reality series, “Fight Girls,” will take on Tyra Parker.

Other locals in action include Donnie Liles (11-5), who will battle The Ultimate Fighter” season four veteran, “The Secret Weapon” Pete Spratt (18-14), in a welterweight (170 lb. limit) showdown; and undefeated ToughMan contest competitor, Andre “The Silencer” Walker (2-3), who will meet two-time New York State Metropolitan Boxing Champion and fellow light heavyweight (205 lb. limit), Carlos Zevallos (0-0).

LA Boxing head trainer, Luke “Lil’ Hulk” Caudillo (15-11), will go toe to toe with undefeated striking sensation, Billy Evangelista (7-0), in a lightweight (155 lb. limit) showdown.

“The NY Badass” Phil Baroni (13-10) will return to the cage to face “King” James Martinez (4-9), a veteran of Versus network’s “The Contender Muay Thai” reality show.

Tickets for Strikeforce “Payback,” priced from $30, are on sale at Ticketmaster (303-830-TIXS) and

Broomfield Event Center doors will open for Strikeforce “Payback” at 5:30 PM MST and the preliminary card will begin at 6:30 PM MST. The main card will commence at 8 PM MST.

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