Strikeforce Kicks Off At The Playboy Mansion

Leading mixed martial arts federation, Strikeforce, will produce a historic, first-ever mixed martial arts event at the world-famous Playboy Mansion on Saturday, September 29, 2007, where undefeated Strikeforce world lightweight champion “El Nino” Gilbert Melendez and UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran Josh “The Punk” Thomson will face off.

The 10-bout fight card will host the return of Strikeforce world light heavyweight champion and The Ultimate Fighter season one runner-up Bobby Southworth as well as the return of former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star and “Tough Enough 2” reality show winner Daniel Puder.

“This is another leap forward into mainstream America for Strikeforce and the sport of mixed martial arts,” said Scott Coker, CEO of West Coast Productions, LLC, the parent company of Strikeforce.

For over 20 years, Coker has pioneered the growth of martial arts in North America, which is the exclusive provider of martial arts footage to ESPN and the producer of some of the largest fight cards in United States history.

“We feel honored that Mr. Hefner chose the Strikeforce brand to entertain an audience at his home and we’re looking forward to putting on an incredible show,” said Coker.

The evening, loaded with top caliber fighting talent, will lavish its guests with a number of memorable experiences, including a top-shelf open bar; a buffet-style gourmet dinner; photo opportunities with Playboy Playmates and a wine-tasting party featuring the spirits of various gold-medal wineries.

Tickets for the event, dubbed “Strikeforce at The Mansion,” are available. For more information, visit

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