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EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler headed to Strikeforce

Multiple reports have circulated in the past 24 hours that Monte Cox, the agent and manager for EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler, was looking to re-negotiate terms of a new contract in order to clear the way for his client to compete under the Strikeforce banner.

However, upon having been contacted by FiveOuncesOfPain.com, Cox indicated that Strikeforce has adopted the position that the contracts obtained during yesterday’s acquisition of select ProElite assets are indeed transferable.

As it stands, Cox has no intention of mounting a legal challenge, indicating that Lawler is happy with the terms of his existing deal that was originally signed with EliteXC and that his client “is ready to get back into the cage.”

When asked if Lawler could be involved with Strikeforce’s next show on April 11 in San Jose, Calif., Cox didn’t rule out the possibility but said that nothing is imminent. That could change after a planned meeting with Strikeforce Founder and CEO Scott Coker later this weekend.

Cox was also asked by Five Ounces of Pain if a fight between Lawler and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock was a possibility for the April 11 event. The long-time manager and promoter indicated that nothing has been discussed regarding such a bout but that he and Lawler would certainly welcome the matchup.

9 COMMENTS
  • miss_mma says:

    noo. Robbie Lawler to the UFC!!

    If he does go to strikeforce the frank shamrock fight is intriguing

    Just let Robbie fight!

  • Rich B says:

    So much for Silva – Lawler. At least he hs *some* other gecent guys to fight. Shields to Strikeforce, though… If *that* happens, considering the dearth of welterweights over there, shields will move to the top of my least favourites list.

  • mindone says:

    silva would destroy lawler..
    lawler had trouble with scot smith’s striking.. come on..

  • Joseph says:

    Hopefully Shields, Carano, Feijao, etc all head there as well.

  • Meers311 says:

    “Cox indicated that Strikeforce has adopted the position that the contracts obtained during yesterday’s acquisition of select ProElite assets are indeed transferable.”

    I’d like to know about how this works? Are they not personal service contracts like originally thought?

  • Sergio Hernandez says:

    I just don’t understand people clamoring for Lawler to return to the UFC to fight Silva.

    Lawler is pretty much the same fighter he was in the UFC albeit with a bit more patience in his striking game.

    His wins over middling competition like Trigg, Rua, and Smith haven’t impressed me in the least.

  • benkordus says:

    no crap. andersilvaspider has dominated, and will continue to dominate.

    I say the whole GSP silva can still happen in 2009.

    if gsp beats alves..who else really deserves a quick shot at the title?

    after silva beats thales..okami is next in line..but after okami wins his next fight, he will be surprisingly cut from the UFC..,and the whole lame TUF thing will take another year to complete.

    watch for GSP SILVA at ultimate 2009.

    yours,

    benji

  • Rich S. says:

    “His wins over middling competition like Trigg, Rua, and Smith haven’t impressed me in the least.”

    that’s weird.
    they impressed the hell out of me..

    think about it,
    i don’t know about smith,
    but Trigg and Rua would’ve destroyed the old Lawler..
    Trigg with a decision, and Rua with a knee..
    But, with this new patience he has, he’s able to just take his devastating striking to the next level..

  • Sergio Hernandez says:

    “but Trigg and Rua would’ve destroyed the old Lawler..
    Trigg with a decision, and Rua with a knee..”

    Trigg has been way too inconsistent and Rua hasn’t been the same since he chubbed up only to get knocked out by Kharitonov.

    Where is HE, by the way?!?

    I would loooooooooove to see a Sergei/Overeem rubber match.

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