NEW YORK (March 21, 2011) - Josh Thornburg (6-2), of Stockton, Calif., a member of the Cesar Gracie Fight Team who's coached and cornered by STRIKEFORCE World Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz, will replace an injured Conor Heun and face James Terry (9-2), of Livermore, Calif., in a televised 165 pound catch weight fight of a STRIKEFORCE Challengers Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) card presented by Rockstar Energy Drink at Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif., on Friday, April 1, live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Heun, of Los Angeles, tore ligaments in a knee during training and had to withdraw.
The up-and-coming, ultra-tough Thornburg had won two in a row and six of seven until losing his last start to local favorite and more-experienced Roger Bowling in a non-televised fight of STRIKEFORCE: Feijao vs. Hendo last March 5 in Columbus, Ohio.
Thornburg dropped a unanimous decision to Bowling, who had much to prove after being defeated by Bobby Voelker in his previous start, but the 6-foot, 26-year-old was competitive, rallied to have a good second round and nearly locked up a guillotine in the closing seconds.
"There's no such thing as a moral victory and I was very disappointed I couldn't get it done (against Bowling),'' Thornburg said. "Going in, I was super confident. But I appreciate that I'm getting a chance to come right back and fight in my hometown on SHOWTIME.''
Tickets, starting at $20, are on sale for STRIKEFORCE's first fight in Stockton at the Stockton Arena ticket office, online at www.StocktonTickets.com
The first non-televised, undercard fight will begin at 5:30 p.m. PT. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m.
In the main event, former NCAA wrestling stud Justin "The Silverback'' Wilcox (10-3), of San Jose, Calif., will face Rodrigo Damm (9-4) of Brazil in a lightweight bout. Other fights on SHOWTIME: 2008 Judo Olympic Games Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii (4-1), of Japan, makes his STRIKEFORCE debut against kickboxing specialist Scott Lighty (6-1), of San Luis Obispo, Calif., in a light heavyweight (205 pounds) bout, David "Tarzan" Douglas (6-2), of Antioch, Calif., will take on Caros "The Future" Fodor (7-2), of Kirkland, Wash., at 155 pounds, and Tarzan's unidentical twin, Damian (3-1), of Antioch, will meet Wayne Phillips (5-3), of San Jose.