Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Lorenz Larkin will make his promotional debut against Scott Lighty (Pictured) in a featured matchup at Strikeforce Challengers 15 on Friday at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. Nine fights have been signed for the event, which will air on Showtime.
A combined 15-0 as a professional and amateur, Larkin last appeared under the MEZ Sports banner in February, when he stopped Maximum Fighting Championship alum Mike Cook on second-round punches at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, Calif. The 24-year-old Californian has secured six of his eight professional victories by knockout or technical knockout, five of them inside one round.
The once-beaten Lighty has not fought since Fight Militia MMA “Fight for Wrestling 2” in August, when he knocked out Shawn Frye at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield, Calif. A John Hackleman protégé, the 32-year-old has trained extensively with UFC hall of famer Chuck Liddell. In seven professional appearances, Lighty has gone the distance just once.
A lightweight battle pairing American Kickboxing Academy representative Justin Wilcox with Sengoku Raiden Championship veteran Rodrigo Damm will headline Strikeforce Challengers 15, along with a showdown between Cesar Gracie disciple David Douglas and AMC Pankration prospect Caros Fodor.
Strikeforce Challengers 15
Friday, April 1
Justin Wilcox vs. Rodrigo Damm
David Douglas vs. Caros Fodor
Lorenz Larkin vs. Scott Lighty
James Terry vs. Josh Thornburg
Damian Douglas vs. Wayne Phillips
Rafael Rios vs. Anthony Avila
Robert Escalante vs. Raul Sandoval
Tristan Arenal vs. Tom Peterson
Adam Antolin vs. Ronald Carillo