- STRIKEFORCE DENVER WEIGH-IN RESULTS & PHOTOS

October 3, 2008
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by Ken Pishna (Photos by April Pishna) – MMAWeekly.com
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(Photos courtesy
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BROOMFIELD,
Colo. – The fighters for Strikeforce’s Friday night foray over the Rocky
Mountains and into the Denver area weighed in on Thursday night. There were a
couple of hiccups along the way, but in the end, the fight card stayed intact.

 

UFC
veteran and local favorite Duane “Bang” Ludwig will look to exact a little
payback on Ultimate Fighter alumnus Sam Morgan. The two fought several years
ago at a Ring of Fire event where Morgan upset Ludwig by knocking out the
knockout artist. href="http://photos.mmaweekly.com/gallery.asp?categoryid=3874">Both fighters
came in on weight, making the headline bout official.

 

Frank
Trigg made his landing in the Mile High City with his wife and four-week old
son alongside. He easily made weight, tipping the scale at 183.8 pounds for his
middleweight contest. His opponent, like Trigg a UFC veteran, Falaniko Vitale
also made weight at 185.6 pounds, which is within the one-pound tolerance for
non-title bouts.

 

The
first hiccup came as Michelle Waterson, who weighed in at 111.4 pounds for her
112-pound bout, had her opponent, Tyra Parker, come in well over the limit at
116 pounds. Waterson’s camp still agreed to take the fight, although Parker
will have to pay Waterson a penalty for every pound over the limit.

 

“Michelle
has worked really hard for this fight, so we’re going to do a penalty fight,”
said Waterson’s corner, Julie Kedzie. “We just didn’t want to take this fight
away from Michelle. She’s worked too hard.”

 

In
amateur action, Lumumba Sawyer initially weighed in at 171.8 pounds for his
welterweight bout with Drew Dober, who weighed in at 167.8 pounds. Sawyer was
given and hour, weighing in at 171.2 pounds on his second attempt. Dober and
his camp accepted the bout even though Sawyer was still over the limit.

 

According
to Colorado Office of Boxing Director Josef Mason, Sawyer could not be fined as
there was no purse for his bout, but he would be reprimanded for not making
weight.

 

The main
card will air live on HDNet on Friday night, beginning at 8 p.m. MT.

 

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(All
weights in pounds)

 

MAIN
CARD (Professional Bouts):

-Duane
Ludwig (165) vs. Sam Morgan (164.8)

-Frank
Trigg (183.8) vs. Falaniko Vitale (185.6)

-Donnie
Liles (170.8) vs. Pete Spratt (170.8)

-Luke
Caudillo (155) v. Billy Evangelista (155)

-Michelle
Waterson (111.4) vs. Tyra Parker (116)

-Andre
Walker (202.4) vs. Carlos Zevallos (205.4)

-Tyler
Toner (146) vs. Ricky Johnson (143.6)

 

PRELIMINARY
CARD (Amateur Bouts):

-Lumumba
Sawyers (171.2) vs. Drew Dober (167.8)

-Jordan
Goodwin (157.6) vs. Alan Gomez (155.6)

-Jeremy
Malaterre (159.4) vs. Eric Galvin (160)

-Brett
Tillis (141.8) vs. Turrell Galloway (139.2)

-Aaron
Trujillo (122.8) vs. Haven Torres (126.4)

 

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