LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (11-0) battles the heavy-handed Virgil Zwicker (10-2) in the hard-hitting main event at next month’s Strikeforce card from the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 23.

Strikeforce Challengers, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, will also feature a sure-fire slugfest between heavyweights Lavar Johnson (15-4) and Shawn “The Savage” Jordan (10-3), as well as the return of lightweight Ryan Couture (2-1) as he takes on Wand Fight Team prospect Maka Watson (4-1)

Larkin could be the next big thing at 205-pounds, but he faces a huge test in Zwicker on Sept. 23,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “This fight is going to help propel one of them in the light heavyweight division. When you add in bouts like Johnson vs. Jordan and Couture vs. Watson, this is going to be a really solid card for the fans at the Palms.”

Currently riding an undefeated streak that includes two wins in Strikeforce over Gian Villante and Scott Lightly, light heavyweight standout Lorenz Larkin is looking to burst into contender’s status. The Riverside, Calif. native has finished eight of 11 opponents by knockout and seeks his ninth when he Virgil Zwicker. Raised on the San Pasqual Indian Reservation in San Diego, Zwicker displays an incredible toughness when he fights. The 29-year-old has amassed an impressive record that includes recent wins over Ovince St. Preux and Brett Albee.

Heavyweight Lavar Johnson returns to active competition after an injury briefly sidelined him for his last scheduled bout with Devin Cole in July. Training out of Madera, Calif., Johnson, who has won seven out of his last eight, is ready to get back to his winning ways when he takes on former LSU football player Shawn Jordan. The 13-fight veteran stepped in for the injured Johnson to meet Cole, and now the two will have their chance to find out who is the better man in this explosive heavyweight bout.

Ryan Couture, the son of Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer Randy Couture, locks horns with Maka Watson, who trains under the tutelage of UFC and PRIDE veteran Wanderlei Silva on Sept. 23 in the fight capitol of the world. Couture and Watson have scored all of their victories by stoppage leading to this lightweight showdown at the Palms next month.

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