Undefeated light heavyweight Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (8-0) will replace Satoshi Ishii and take on kickboxing specialist Scott “Lights Out” Lighty (6-1) at this Friday’s STRIKEFORCE Challengers event from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California.
The event will air live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Due to the recent natural disasters that struck Japan, Ishii, the 2008 Judo Olympic Games Gold Medalist, was unable to acquire a visa permitting him to leave his homeland in time for the fight. Taking his place is Larkin, a 25-year-old who has made quick work of his last five foes, winning all by stoppage inside three rounds. In his most recent outing, he registered a second round TKO over Mike Cook on Feb. 25.
“Lorenz is a talented, undefeated fighter whose aggression and power make him a threat in the light heavyweight division,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. “He’s in for a tough test against Scott Lighty, who has trained with some of the sport’s best like Chuck Liddell. This is the biggest fight of his young career.”
Larkin agrees with Coker’s assessment and believes a win over Lighty in Stockton could propel him into the mix in the Strikeforce 205-pound division.
“This is definitely a step up for me, but I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge,” Larkin said. “Lighty’s a good fighter with a lot of experience. But I’ve trained hard, I’m in good shape and I’m confident.”