September 19, 2008

by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com (Photos by Laron Zaugg)
(Photos by Laron Zaugg – MMAWeekly.com)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – All of the fighters for Strikeforce’s Saturday night return to the world famous Playboy Mansion weighed in on Friday. None of the fighters had any trouble making weight and the fight card will move ahead as scheduled.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Joe Riggs and Pride veteran Kazuo Misaki square off in the main event of Strikeforce at the Mansion 2 in a middleweight contest. The bout is likely to determine a contender for Cung Le’s Strikeforce middleweight championship.

Riggs weighed in at 181.5 pounds, while Misaki tipped the scales at 185 on the nose.

Strikeforce lightweight titleholder Josh Thompson weighed in at 155.5 pounds for his clash with Lion’s Den fighter Ashe Bowman. The two meet in a three-round, non-title affair.

Top 10 ranked Japanese fighter Mitsuhiro Ishida makes his American debut against Justin Wilcox. Ishida weighed in at 156 pounds, which is within the one-pound tolerance for non-title affairs. Wilcox made weight at 155 even.

-Joe Riggs (181.5) vs. Kazuo Misaki (185)
-Ashe Bowman (154.5) vs. Josh Thompson (155.5)
-Mitsuhiro Ishida (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (155)
-Anthony Ruiz (204) vs. Trevor Prangley (203)
-Jesse Juarez (171) vs. Luke Stewart (169.5)
-Terry Martin (185.5) vs. Cory Devela (185.5)
-Kenneth Seegrist (183) vs. Eric Lawson (184.5)
-Brandon Thatch (170.5) vs. Brandon Magana (172)
-Jesse Gillespe (194) vs. Dave Martin (190.5)