Lorenz Larkin Replaces Satoshi Ishii Vs. Scott Lighty At Challengers
SAN JOSE, CA â€“ Unbeaten light heavyweight Lorenz â€œThe Monsoonâ€™â€™ Larkin (fighting out of Riverside, Calif. / 8-0) will replace Satoshi Ishii and take on kickboxing specialist Scott â€œLights Outâ€™â€™ Lighty (fighting out of San Luis Obispo, Calif./ 6-1) on the STRIKEFORCEÂ® Challengers card on Friday, April 1, at Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif.
The event, which is presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, will air live on SHOWTIMEÂ® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Due to the recent natural disasters that struck Japan, Ishii, the 2008 Judo Olympic Games Gold Medalist, was unable to acquire a visa permitting him to leave his homeland in time for the fight. Taking his place is Larkin, a 25-year-old who has made quick work of his last five foes, winning all by stoppage inside three rounds. In his most recent outing, he registered a second round TKO over Mike Cook on Feb. 25.
â€œLorenz is a talented, undefeated fighter whose aggression and power make him a threat in the light heavyweight division,â€ Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. â€œHeâ€™s in for a tough test against Scott Lighty, who has trained with some of the sportâ€™s best like Chuck Liddell. This is the biggest fight of his young career.â€
Larkin agrees with Cokerâ€™s assessment and believes a win over Lighty in Stockton could propel him into the mix in the Strikeforce 205-pound division.
â€œThis is definitely a step up for me, but Iâ€™m excited and looking forward to the challenge,â€™â€™ Larkin said. â€œLightyâ€™s a good fighter with a lot of experience. But Iâ€™ve trained hard, Iâ€™m in good shape and Iâ€™m confident.â€™â€™
In the televised main event, former NCAA wrestling standout and body builder Justin â€œThe Silverbackâ€™â€™ Wilcox (10-3), of San Jose, will face Brazilâ€™s Rodrigo Damm (9-4) in a lightweight bout. In other fights on SHOWTIME: Rapidly-rising David â€œTarzanâ€ Douglas (6-2), of Antioch, Calif., will take on Caros â€œThe Futureâ€ Fodor (7-2), of Kirkland, Wash., at 155 pounds, Josh Thorrnburg (6-2), of Stockton, and James Terry (9-2), of Livermore, Calif., clash at 165 pounds and Antiochâ€™s Damian Douglas (3-1), Tarzanâ€™s unidentical twin, meets Wayne Phillips (5-3), of San Jose, in a welterweight battle.
Tickets, starting at $20, are on sale at the Stockton Arena ticket office, online at www.StocktonTickets.com, by phone at (209) 373-1700 (866) 373-7088 and STRIKEFORCE's official website (www.strikeforce.com).
The first non-televised, undercard fight will begin at 5:30 p.m. PT. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m.