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Thomson Out, Ludwig In Against Edwards At Strike

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - A broken toe will sideline
Strikeforce World Lightweight (155 lb. limit) Champion Josh “The Punk”
Thomson from his scheduled title defense against Yves Edwards (34-14-1)
in the main event of Strikeforce “Destruction” at San Jose’s HP
Pavilion on Friday, November 21st. World Muay Thai champion and mixed
martial arts (MMA) knockout artist, Duane “Bang” Ludwig (17-8), will
step up to face Edwards in the cage at a catch weight of 164 lbs.Thomson
sustained torn ligaments in one of his toes during a routine training
session last week. He is expected to be out of action for several
months.The 30-year-old Ludwig is coming off a sensational first
round stoppage of Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan, a veteran of Spike TV’s
“The Ultimate Fighter,” on Friday, October 3rd. He has since remained
in top physical form while preparing other competitors for battle.Ludwig
is no stranger to imposing victories. The Denver, Colorado native
shattered the all-time record for quickest finish in MMA history when
he delivered a crushing right hand that leveled Jonathan Goulet only 11
seconds into their Spike TV live, televised matchup on January 16,
2006. To date, the record still stands.A former professional
kickboxer who crossed over to the hybrid combat sport that is MMA,
Ludwig reached the pinnacle of his professional kickboxing career when
he captured the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World
Junior Middleweight Muay Thai championship in Denver in January 2004.
The victory was by no means simple as he was forced to contend with
Thailand native Malaipet Sitprapom in a five-round, toe-to-toe war
before earning a unanimous decision from the judges.Ludwig
displayed tremendous potential by winning 8 of his first 10 mixed
martial arts contests, but it was his 11th start on January 25, 2003 in
which he made his first big mark in the sport.Matched with
former UFC 155 pound champion, Jens “Little Evil” Pulver, in the main
event of a star-studded card at Montreal, Canada’s Pierre Charbonneau
Centre, Ludwig shocked those looking on when he caught Pulver with a
punishing right hand that prompted the referee to call a stoppage to
the bout at the 1:13 mark of the bout’s first round.Like
Ludwig, Edwards has triumphed over a number of other notable rivals,
including Rich Clementi, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, James Edson Berto, and
Hermes Franca, whom Edwards defeated twice.Edwards, a native of
The Bahamas, took up Karate at age nine and, soon after, began studying
Kung-Fu. After relocating to Houston, Texas at the age of 15, he fell
in love with mixed martial arts (MMA) and gradually immersed himself in
various components of the sport, most notably Muay Thai, western
boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Edwards later dubbed his hybrid style
of combat “Thug Jitsu.”It is his passion for combat that
recently lured Edwards to Coconut Creek, Florida, where the 11-year
veteran of professional MMA has become a full fledged member of
star-filled fight squad, American Top Team.Tickets for
Strikeforce “Destruction,” priced from $30, are on sale at the HP
Pavilion box office (408-287-7070) as well as at all Ticketmaster
locations (408-998-TIXS), Ticketmaster online ( [please contact me for website address] and on Strikeforce’s official website ( [please contact me for website address]
World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion, Bobby Southworth
(9-5), will put his title on the line against top-ranked superstar,
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7).Kim Couture (0-1), wife of mixed
martial arts (MMA) legend Randy “The Natural” Couture, will make her
Strikeforce debut against Lina Kvokov (0-1) in a 130 lb. limit contest.Joe
“Diesel” Riggs (28-11) will make his return to the welterweight (170
lb. limit) division in a featured contest with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black
Belt, Luke Stewart (6-1).K-1 Dream veteran, Darren Uyenoyama (4-2), will return to action before his hometown fans when he meets Brad Royster (1-1).HP
Pavilion doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for Strikeforce “Destruction” and
the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m. The main card will
commence at 7:30 p.m.The live HDNet telecast of Strikeforce “Destruction” will begin at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST).About Strikeforce:Strikeforce
is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on
Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie”
event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California
state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary
champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar
Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record
crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, Strikeforce has been the exclusive
provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of
success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the
company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs.
Gracie.” Since then, it has co-produced the first SHOWTIME PPV mixed
martial arts event in history with its world championship “Shamrock vs.
Baroni” card on June 22, 2007 followed by the first-ever mixed martial
arts event at the world-famous Playboy Mansion on September 29, 2007.
On April 12th of this year, Strikeforce launched the first-ever 52 week
MMA series on one of the four major television networks in The U.S. �"

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