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Lawler’s title fight postponed

When EliteXC first announced that Murilo “Ninja” Rua had not been granted a license for his proposed bout this Friday against Joey Villasenor for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title, the first person I thought of was Robbie Lawler.

Lawler is on a three fight win streak and defeated Villasenor at Pride 32 in Las Vegas. However, there are not one, but two reasons why he was never a candidate.

First, he was supposed to defend his ICON Sport middleweight title against Kala Kolohe Hose in Hawaii.

Second, he has a separated shoulder and will need at least a month to recover.

As such, his June 30 title fight has been postponed until September 15.

As for Villasenor and his fight this Friday, he’ll be fighting Niko Vitale in a non-title bout.


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