Bobby Southworth will defend his Strikeforce light heavyweight title at the recently-announced Strikeforce 10 event on June 27th in San Jose, California.
Southworth (8-5) was a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 1″, defeating Lodune Sincaid in the opening round of the competition before losing to Stephan Bonner in the second round of the reality series. At “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ Finale, Southworth was defeated by Sam Hoger via unanimous decision. After losing the bout he left the UFC for Strikeforce. His first bout was ruled a no contest after just 17-seconds after both he and James irvin fell from the cage. In his very next bout Southworth topped Vernon White via unanimous decision to capture the 205-pound title. Following a victory over Bill Mahood in September at the Playboy Mansion, Southworth last saw action in November when he lost to Ruiz via doctor’s stoppage due to a cut he sustained in the bout. Now the pair will square off once again but this time the title will be on the line.
Anthony “El Toro” Ruiz (20-10) is a 30-fight MMA veteran who is riding a 6-fight winning streak heading into the title bout against Southworth. Ruiz was last in action in January when he defeated Brad Imes via split decision at Palace Fighting Championships 6. According to MMAJunkie.com, Ruiz recently signed a 6-fight contract with Strikeforce.
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