Strikeforce: “Payback” Live Play by Play and Results

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

Broomfield, Colorado- Strikeforce: “Payback” takes place tonight at the Broomfield Event Center and will be live on HDNet starting at 10 P.M. Eastern/9 P.M. Central.

UFC vet and local fighter Duane Ludwig will face off against “TUF 2” participant Sam Morgan in the main event, and Top Ten ranked Frank Trigg faces Falaniko Vitale in the co-main event.

Featherweight match- Ricky Johnson vs. Tyler Toner
Round 1– Nice body kick by Toner then to the clinch.  They separate with Toner throwing a nice combo, then following with a low kick.  Toner misses with a high kick, and Johnson closes the distance and forces Toner against the cage with some knees and foot stomps.  Nice elbow by Toner off the clinch.  Both fighters using kicks.  Toner misses another high kick, and Johnson gets in a nice uppercut with some dirty boxing.  Johnson loads up and misses with a big right.

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Strikeforce: Payback weigh-ins

Tyra Parker vs. Michelle Waterson

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The fighters for Strikeforce’s Friday night foray over the Rocky Mountains and into the Denver area weighed in on Thursday night. There were a couple of hiccups along the way, but in the end, the fight card stayed intact.

UFC veteran and local favorite Duane “Bang” Ludwig will look to exact a little payback on Ultimate Fighter alumnus Sam Morgan. The two fought several years ago at a Ring of Fire event where Morgan upset Ludwig by knocking out the knockout artist. Both fighters came in on weight, making the headline bout official.

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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)

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