Friday, August 15, 2008

Falaniko Vitale vs. Frank Trigg announced for Oct. 3 Strikeforce

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by Staff on Aug 15, 2008 at 10:14 am ET
UFC veteran and "The Ultimate Fighter 4" cast member Pete Spratt (18-4) has been booked for Strikeforce's Oct. 3 event at the Broomfield Event Center near Denver.

Strikeforce made the announcement late Thursday but did not reveal "The Secret Weapon's" opponent.

The organization also announced a Frank Trigg (16-6) vs. Falaniko Vitale (26-8) fight that ( first reported on Thursday, but as one fighter told us, the bout isn't a done deal.

"I plan to fight for Strikeforce on Oct. 3, but I don't want to commit and then not be able to fight," said Trigg, who said he's received -- but not signed -- a contract with Strikeforce. "I definitely want to fight, but I just don't want to make that promise and then not be able to compete because of an injury or something from [next week's] fight in Japan. ... I don't even want to talk about the October fight."

Trigg meets Makoto Takimoto (4-4) on Aug. 24 at World Victory Road's "Sengoku 4" event. It'll be Trigg's first fight in more than eight months.

"I won't even look at the contract until I get back from Japan because I want all of my focus to be on Makoto Takimoto," Trigg said.

Vitale is a nine-year veteran who's competed for the UFC, ICON Sport and many of the world's other top promotions. The Hawaiian won five of his past six fights -- the loss came to Trevor Prangley at a November 2007 Strikeforce event -- and he owns previous victories over the likes of Matt Lindland, Yushin Okami and Dave Menne.

Spratt, meanwhile, most recently suffered a second-round submission loss to John Alessio at a June boxing/MMA show in Las Vegas. Prior to the loss, Spratt had won three of four fights, which included victories over Jason Von Flue, Tristan Yunker and Anthony Waldburger.

For the latest on "Strikeforce: Payback," which features a main event of Colorado native Duane "Bang" Ludwig vs. Sammy Morgan, check out the MMA Rumors section of



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