This still turns out to be a fairly solid card, b ut it really took a hit with the injury to Josh Thomson. However, Strikeforce showed a lot of flexibility by bringing in Duane Ludwig as a replacement and by tapping Scott Smith and Terry Martin to fight, which really helped a card that would have been dead otherwise. It doesn’t have UFC draw on it, but it has 4 good fights, plus the debut of Kim Couture. There are a lot of prospects on the undercard and I only know of a few of them so I will refrain from picking out of ignorance.
Bobby Southworth vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Bobby Southworth may be able to hit hard with that right hand, but I base this pick off of pure skill set. Babalu may be a punk, but he is a top 20 light heavyweight in the world punk. He has to hope for a win as he has a tough match up looming in January with Matt Lindland at Affliction’s second card. Babalu is a great grappler, wrestler and jiu jitsu practitoner. Southworth may want to watch Chuck Liddell’s fight against Babalu as Babalu may be suseptible to strikes. However, in the end Babalu is too well rounded. I saw he gets the take down and chokes out Southworth in round 2 to become the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion.
Yves Edwards vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig
Edwards has the experience in his corner, however I think Ludwig’s muay thai will prove to be too much. Edwards has a weak chin which will be tested in this fight. Ludwig is not on elite level, but this should be a good fight. Also, do not forget Ludwig will have some size advantage in this fight as well. I pick Ludwig by TKO in round 1.
Terry Martin vs. Scott Smith
This is a great fight. I do not know what this means for Smith’s career and the contract status with ProElite, but this is a big fight for Smith. Scott Smith hung with Lawler in their first fight and then suffered a loss to him. This fight will show that Scott Smith is not a one hit wonder in MMA. A loss here would hurt Smith’s career with the fold of ProElite. A win here and he could find a lot of offers including an offer from Strikeforce, Affliction, DREAM, or even a shot back in the UFC. A loss would hurt that. At one time i was on the Terry Martin hype wagon. He looked good for a while in the UFC, but the loss to Leben hurt him. Terry martin is a great boxer, but while he can KO people he can also be KO’d himself. I have to believe that Smith has overall better MMA skills and hope he would utilize kicks and strikes to get the win. I would expect this fight to stay standing. If Smith uses his kicks well I expect he can keep his distance and pick up the win. I pick Scott Smith to win this by decision.
Joe Riggs vs. Luke Stewart
Which Joe Riggs will show up? Riggs has looked decent lately. He got a bad deal with the stoppage at the last event against Kazuo Misaki, but he still was going to lose that fight. Stewart is a relative unknown with good jiu jitsu skills. Riggs is a solid competitior. I expect him to win by decision.
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