Full Time Fighter: Eric Lawson – PRO MMA Exclusive

 by: Matt De La Rosa

Gladiator Challenge veteran and current Strikeforce middleweight, Eric Lawson will square off against Tony Johnson this Friday November, 21st at Strikeforce: Destruction in San Jose, California.

Eric is undefeated in Strikeforce and is steadily climbing up the ranks.

 He last fought on the Strikfeforce at the Playboy Mansion card submitting Kenneth Seegrist toward the end of round one.

After racking up three straight wins in the San Jose based promotion and winning four of his last five, Eric has started to make a name for himself.

A victory over  the young and undefeated Tony Johnson would put Eric’s Strikeforce record at 4-0 and his overall record at 8-2.

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Joe Riggs KO’d by Misaki at Strikeforce Playboy Mansion (results)

by:  Jack Bratcher

Hugh Hefner strolled out in his pajamas tonight to take in the fights being held on his lawn at the Playboy Mansion.  This was a great night of action.  Big props to Sherdog and Strikeforce for teaming up and streaming this event live on Sherdog.com.  This is something Sherdog has done before with other shows and from what they are saying, we can look forward to more live stream feeds in the future.  There was not a single technical glitch in the action and that is a big accomplishment when talking about live internet video.

There was a little bit of everything tonight.  We had some slick submissions and some great KO’s.  I would give Mitsuhiro Ishida the submission of the night and Terry Martin the KO of the night.  Luke Stewart deserves an honorable mention for the way he pulled of a very nice armbar.  Kazuo Misaki also looked remarkable in his 2nd round TKO of  Joe Riggs.  Misaki’s speed and ability to bounce back after getting knocked down himself was what was most impressive about his performance.  Here’s the full results:

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Cory Devela faces biggest challenge versus Terry Martin at Playboy Mansion

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Twenty-four year old thoroughbred Cory “The One” Devela (9-1) will bid for his eighth consecutive victory when he takes on what is arguably his most dangerous challenge to date, heavy-handed Terry Martin (17-5), in a middleweight (185 lb. limit) contest during Strikeforce’s mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza at the world-famous Playboy Mansion on Saturday, September 20th.

“I know he’s a short little brick house and a good wrestler, but I’ll have a lot or reach on him and I don’t think anybody’s wrestling compares to mine,” said a confident Devela, who stands 6’2” compared to the 5’8” Martin.  “People underestimate my wrestling.  Joe Riggs did and got thrown because of that.  I’m going to do the same thing to Terry if he wants to wrestle with me.”

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“Babalu” Ready To ‘Hunt’ Southworth At Playboy Mansion

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Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion Bobby Southworth (9-5) will face the greatest challenge of his nine-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career when he puts his belt on the line against superstar Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7) at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, September 20th.

“He is the protector and I am the hunter,” said the 32-year-old Sobral, a former UFC world championship challenger and Brazilian national wrestling champion. “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.”

A student of Ruas Vale Tudo, the hybrid combat system created by MMA legend Marco Ruas, Sobral is coming off a convincing, unanimous judges’ decision triumph over Mike Whitehead on July 19th. The bout marked Sobral’s third straight win, a streak that he kicked off with his second round submission of David Heath at UFC 74 on August 25, 2007.
“It was a good performance for me and helped prepare me for this championship fight ahead,” said Sobral.

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Misaki Collides With Riggs At Playboy Mansion

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Former Pride Fighting Championship Grand Prix winner, Kazuo “Grabaka Hitman” Misaki (22-8-1) will take on fellow middleweight wonder Joe “Diesel” Riggs (28-10) at Strikeforce mixed martial arts’(MMA) highly-anticipated return to the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, September 20th.

“I am looking forward to making my debut for Strikeforce at The Playboy Mansion, an incredible venue that is well-known throughout the world,” said Misaki, the winner of Pride’s 2006 welterweight Grand Prix elimination playoff. In his last effort, a meeting with rising star Logan Clark in Saitama, Japan on June 8th, the 32-year-old Team Grabaka star secured his second straight win by earning a nod from all three judges scoring the matchup.
“Joe Riggs is a tremendous competitor.  His style is aggressive like mine so I have no doubt that our fight will be an exciting and memorable one.”

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Strikeforce Returns To The Playboy Mansion

SAN JOSE, Calif. —Strikeforce mixed martial arts (MMA) will return to entertainment mogul Hugh Hefner’s world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA with a star-studded lineup of cage fights on Saturday, September 20th. In addition to a full night of MMA action, all “Strikeforce At The Mansion II” guests will be entitled to a top-shelf, … Read more