Strikeforce weigh-ins: news and notes

Promma.info’s Eddie Constantine and Matt De La Rosa were on hand at the The Hotel DeAnza to witness the Strikeforce:Destruction weigh-ins Thursday night.

The only thing colder then the San Jose weather was Joe Riggs’s attitude. Riggs’s was visibly showing the affects of a twenty plus pound weight cut and became frustrated with the athletic commission’s handling of the scale, forcing Rigg’s to strip down prior to stepping on the scale.

Another fighter noticeably shaken from cutting weight was middleweight Terry Martin. Martin was seen lying on the floor before weighing in. Immediately after he stepped off the scale Martin rushed out of the room to begin replenishing himself for tomorrow’s co-main event.

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Smith vs Martin new Strikeforce Main Event

Inside MMA has reported that The Ultimate Fighter 4 contender Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith will face UFC veteran Terry Martin at Strikeforce: Destruction.

The middleweight contest will be the new main event following lightweight champion Josh Thomson’s withdrawl due to injury.

Despite Duane “Bang” Ludwig stepping in as a late replacement for Thomson, Martin vs. Smith appears to be the bigger attraction in the eyes of Scott Coker and the rest of the Strikeforce promotion team.

Smith (13-5) last fought Robbie Lawler for the now defunct Elite XC middleweight title back in July.

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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

Press Release:

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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AFFLICTION: BANNED – RESULTS & PLAY-BY-PLAY

by: Jack Bratcher FOX SPORTS NET FIGHTS: PAUL BUENTELLO vs. GARY GOODRIDGE Round 2 – Body kick by Goodridge.  Nice strikes by Buentello.  Leg kick by Goodridge.  Big leg kick again.   Inside kick.  Another kick to the leg.  Another leg kick.  Left hook from Goodridge.  Big exchange of punches by both.  Uppercut by Buentello.  Foot … Read more