Strikeforce “Payback:” Fighters Weigh In

Denver, CO. —Despite Tyra Parker’s failure to make weight, her Strikeforce “Payback” matchup with Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson will go on as planned. All other fighters scheduled to compete on the Strikeforce MMA card at Broomfield Event Center tomorrow successfully made weight at Dave and Buster’s in Westminster on Thursday.Parker tipped the scales at 116 pounds, four pounds above the 112 pound limit, contracted weight of her bout. Waterson weighed in at 111.4 pounds. The following are the official fighter weights from today’s weigh-ins:

Main Event:165 lb. limit:Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan – 164.8 lbs.Duane “Bang” Ludwig – 165 lbs. 185 lb. limit:Falaniko “Niko” Vitale – 185.6 lbs.Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg – 183.8 lbs. 170 lb. limit:Pete “The Secret Weapon” Spratt – 170.8 lbs.Donnie Liles – 170.8 lbs. 155 lb. limit:Billy Evangelista – 155 lbs.Luke “Lil’ Hulk” Caudillo – 155 lbs. 112 lb. limit:Tyra Parker – 116 lbs.Michelle Waterson – 111.4 lbs. 205 lb. limit:Carlos Zevallos – 205.4 lbs.Andre “The Silencer” Walker – 202.4 lbs. 145 lb. limit:Ricky Johnson – 143.5 lbs.Tyler Toner – 146 lbs. Tickets for Strikeforce “Payback,” priced from $30, are on sale at Ticketmaster (303-830-TIXS) and Ticketmaster.comBroomfield Event Center doors will open for Strikeforce “Payback” at 5:30 PM MST tomorrow and the preliminary card will begin at 6:30 PM MST. The main card will commence at 8 PM MST.About Strikeforce:Strikeforce is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, Strikeforce has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” Since then, it has co-produced the first SHOWTIME PPV mixed martial arts event in history with its world championship “Shamrock vs. Baroni” card on June 22, 2007 followed by the first-ever mixed martial arts event at the world-famous Playboy Mansion on September 29, 2007. On April 12th of this year, Strikeforce launched the first-ever 52 week MMA series on one of the four major television networks in The U.S. – NBC.

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