Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz announced today that Strikeforce: "Payback" from the Broomfield Events Center in Denver, Colo., on October 3 will air live on HDNet. We reported last week the announcement of this event; however, at the time no television deal was in place.
The San Jose-based organization struck a deal with Mark Cuban's HDNet earlier this year to air four separate events during 2008. This will be the third show to air on the high definition cable network.
The other two were the June 27 event headlined by the lightweight title bout between Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez and Josh "The Punk" Thomson and the February card in Tacoma, Wash., which featured Bob Sapp's first fight in the United States.
This October 3 event for Strikeforce will be its second in a two week span. On September 20 the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills will host "Strikeforce at the Mansion II." Lightweight champ Josh Thomson is expected to defend his strap in the main event and light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth will also put his gold on the line against Renato "Babalu" Sobral.
"Payback" has a main event rematch between Duane "Bang" Ludwig and Sam Morgan at 185 pounds. The two previously fought back in 2005 with Morgan winning by first round knockout.
Ludwig is coming off a first round technical knockout loss to Takanori Gomi in March, while Sam Morgan is coming off a first round loss himself, which came at the hands of Fabricio Camoes this past Saturday during a Sho XC event.
Also confirmed for the card is a middleweight match up pitting Frank "Twinkle Toes" Trigg against Falaniko "Niko" Vitale. Phil "The New York Badass" Baroni and Pete Spratt are also expected to be in action against yet to be determined opponents.