Strikeforce announced on Monday that undefeated kickboxing champion Brian Schwartz would be making his mixed martial arts debut at the promotion’s Nov. 16 event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
He will face Lemont Davis, who is also a strong stand-up fighter having competed in Chuck Norris’ World Combat League. But it is Davis’ 12 bouts of MMA experience that could make Schwartz’ transition a difficult one.
“It’s very different from what I’m used to,” admitted Schwartz, “but we spend a lot of time on takedown defense and, if you get taken down, how to stand back up.”
At 5’8″ tall, Davis will be at a significant height disadvantage to the 6’3″ Schwartz. He hopes to make up for it with his experience.
“When he tries to throw something long, I’ll try to scoop him and take him down to the ground,” said Davis.
The event, entitled “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives,” is headlined by the first-ever sanctioned MMA tournament in the state of California. Competing in the four-man, middleweight competition are Trevor Prangley, Falaniko Vitale, Yuki Sasaki and Jorge Santiago.
The fight card also features a bout between Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Paul Buentello and former Pride Fighting Championships competitor Alistair Overeem to crown the first Strikeforce heavyweight champion.