Strikeforce announces more prelim fights
ST. LOUIS-AREA FIGHTERS ADDED
TO STRIKEFORCE EVENT
DEC. 4 IN GATEWAY CITY ON SHOWTIME®
Lee Brousseau Faces Mike Glenn; Ben Brown Meets J.W. Wright
NEW YORK (Nov. 23, 2010) – Four Missouri mixed martial artists, including three from St. Louis and the area, will compete in two fights formally announced by STRIKEFORCE Monday for the non-televised portion of STRIKEFORCE: Henderson vs. Babalu on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
In a light heavyweight (205 pounds) match, Lee Brousseau (7-2), of River Wood, Mo., will be opposed by Mike Glenn (6-4) of Springfield, Mo., while Ben Brown (1-0), of St. Louis, will take on J.W. Wright (pro debut) of St. Louis by way of Steelville, Mo., in a 130 pound catchweight bout.
In the main event of a stacked card on STRIKEFORCE’s return to Scottrade Center, MMA superstar Dan Henderson (25-8) of Temecula, Calif., faces former STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight world champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral (36-8) of Brazil in a rematch between world-class 205-pounders.
Other televised fights: Former world heavyweight champion Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (14-2), of Coconut Creek, Fla., by way of Brazil, confronts the older brother of STRIKEFORCE heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, Valentijn “The Python” Overeem (28-23), of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Paul “Semtex” Daley (25-9-2) of Nottingham, England, battles Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith (17-7, 1 NC), of Elk Grove, Calif., in a matchup of explosive welterweights (170 pounds), former world champion and exciting local favorite “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (17-6, 1 NC), of Granite City, Ill., goes up against 2000 Olympic Games silver medalist Matt “The Law” Lindland (22-7) of Oregon City, Ore., in a middleweight (185 pounds) scrap and football legend, the remarkable Herschel Walker (1-0), of Wrightsville, Ga., will clash with Scott Carson (4-1), of Lake Forest, Calif., in a heavyweight fight.
Tickets are on sale at Scottrade Center, online at Ticketmaster.com and Strikeforce.com or by phone (800) 745-3000. Doors at Scottrade Center will open for the event at 6 p.m. CT. The first preliminary bout will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the first televised main card fight will begin at 9 p.m.
Brousseau has won three of his last four fights, including a 1:21, first-round submission (guillotine choke) over Oscar Glover in his last start on Aug. 21.
“I’m absolutely looking to make amends on Dec. 4,” said Brousseau, who was submitted (rear-naked choke) by Francisco France in his STRIKEFORCE debut last May 15 at Scottrade. “Honestly, I just got caught. I’d love to have a rematch. I don’t talk down to anybody and have respect for everybody that does what we do, but I don’t feel he is that much better than me. It just turned out he took advantage of an opportunity before I could. He deserves credit.”
Shortly after the loss, Brousseau became a fulltime member of Matt Hughes’ H.I.T. Squad in nearby Granite City, Ill. “I’d been going there on and off for two-and-a-half years, but I decided after my fight in STRIKEFORCE to go there all the time,” said Brousseau, a native of Brockport, N.Y.
Brousseau’s other loss came on a second-round submission to Greg Lofink on Oct. 11, 2009. They rematched on April 11, 2010, and Brousseau won in 18 seconds (TKO, punches).
“Before I can think about a rematch with France, I know I have to win on Dec. 4,” said Brousseau, who went 4-0 at the outset of a career that began in 2006. “I’m definitely looking forward to fighting at home and showing the fans what I’m all about.
“My coaches tell me Glenn is a tough, scrappy guy who is decent all-around and not bad anywhere. He is definitely going to be a tough opponent. This should be a great fight. I’m looking forward to it.”
Glenn, who was born, raised and still resides in Springfield, Mo., is confident he can regain his winning ways in his STRIKEFORCE debut.
“I am 100 percent ready, physically and mentally, and totally motivated for this opportunity,” said Glenn. “In this fight you have two fighters with a lot to prove. This means a lot to both of us and it is our chance to move up. It ought to be a very exciting fight from start to finish.”