Strikeforce has released a completed line-up of their “Destruction” event. Strikeforce Destruction will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on November 21st. The card will see a total of eleven fights including lightweight and light heavyweight title matches.
In the nights main event Josh “the Punk” Thompson will defend his lightweight championship against the always dangerous Yves Edwards.Thompson has been on an absolute tear through the lightweight division since his last loss at the hands of Clay Guida way back in March of 2006, going undefeated in his last eight bouts with notable wins over Nam Phan and Duane Ludwig before wininghis belt from the waist of Gilbert Melendez. Edwards is as experienced as they come having fought in close to fifty professional mixed martial arts bouts in the course of his career. Edwards will be looking to rebound from a disappointing knockout loss at the hands of K.J. Noons.
This fight will mark the second time these two have met during their careers. The pair first fought in 2004 at UFC 49 and the bout ended in spectacular fashion. Near the end of the first round Thompson broke free from an Edwards clinch and threw a blind spinning backfist. At the exact same time Edwards threw a right head kick with such force that both of his feet left the canvas. The kick connected flush and Edward rained down punches on a defenseless Thompson until the referee called a halt to the contest at 4:32 of the first round. Edwards having a win over Thompson will make the fight all the more entertaining when Thompson seems to be the best he’s ever been and Edwards will be trying to avoid a consecutive loss.
Renato “Babalu” Sobral will be facing off with Bobby Southworth for the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship. The Ultimate Fighter alumni Bobby Southworth won the title with a five round decision victory over Anthony Ruiz back in June. He will be looking to make his first title defense against Renato “Babalu” Sobral who has won his last three fights with his most recent win coming over Mike Whitehead at July’s Affliction Banned card.
Also on the card will be UFC veteran Joe Riggs looking to bounce back from his controversial stoppage loss to Kazuo Misaki in September’s Strikeforce- Playboy Mansion II event when he faces off with tatted up submission specialist, Luke Stewart, who holds an impressive record of 6-1.
Here is a full list of the fights scheduled for Strikeforce Destruction
*Josh Thompson vs. Yves Edwards (lightweight title)
*Bobby Southworth vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (light heavyweight title)
*Joe “Diesel” Riggs vs. Luke Stewart
*Lemont Davis vs. Brian Schwartz
*Brad Royster vs. Darren Uyenoyama
*Tony Johnson vs. Eric Lawson
*Alvin Cacdac vs. Jose Palacios
*Bobby Stack vs. Cyrillo Padilha
*Zakary Bucia vs. Jaime Rodriguez
*Kurt Osiander vs. Raul Castillo
*Nik Theotikos vs. Luke Rockhold