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Noons, Lawler and Lashley added to June 16 Strikeforce

LOS ANGELES (April 28, 2010) – Knockout artist and former middleweight world champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (17-5), ex- WWE wrestling champion-turned-undefeated Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) heavyweight star Bobby Lashley (5-0) and former lightweight world champion KJ Noons (8-2) will fight in the featured bouts when STRIKEFORCE hits Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE here on Wednesday, June 16.

The first-ever STRIKEFORCE event scheduled for mid-week will take place in the midst of the E3 Expo, the premier trade show for computer and video games. During E3 Expo 2010 at the L.A. Convention Center, EA SPORTS™ will exhibit its highly anticipated title, EA SPORTS MMA, in which STRIKEFORCE is featured as a premier league.

A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity for the event will take place for “STRIKEFORCE Insider” e-newsletter subscribers (http://strikeforce.com/insider.html) and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE e-newsletter subscribers from 10 a.m. PT tomorrow/Thursday, April 29, until 10 p.m. PT on Friday, April 30. STRIKEFORCE Insiders will receive an e-newsletter with the pre-sale code.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 1, at STAPLES Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and STRIKEFORCE’S official website (www.strikeforce.com). Tickets will also be sold at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE box office on days when events take place there.

Opponents for the three fighters will be announced soon.

Lawler and Lashley were overwhelmingly victorious in their last starts, both of which took place at the STRIKEFORCE event at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Jan. 30, 2010.

Lawler weathered an early onslaught from Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef before rallying dramatically to crumble Manhoef with a devastating right hand at 3:33 of the opening round and Lashley stopped Wes Sims with a barrage of punches in the first round (2:06).

Recognized as one of the hardest punchers in the sport, the 28-year-old Lawler, of Granite City, Ill., was discovered and schooled by MMA legend Pat Miletich. Lawler’s fight with Aaron Riley

at UFC 37 on May 10, 2002 later became the first MMA bout in history to air on network TV (FOX Sports).

At 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, Lashley, 33, is a monstrous specimen of a man who has stopped all but one of his five opponents in the first round. A resident of Denver, Colo., he soared to stardom while competing on WWE’s Raw and Smackdown! series between 2005 and 2007.

Noons is a confident, prolific striker who has won four in a row and is the last fighter to defeat current STRIKEFORCE welterweight champion Nick Diaz. In a thrilling, bloody fight on Nov. 10, 2007, Noons won by first-round TKO when a cageside doctor stopped matters after the first round due to excessive cuts around Diaz’ eyes.

The 5-foot-11, 27-year-old Noons’ other victories during his winning streak came over Edson Berto (KO 3, knee) on July 27, 2007, Yves Edwards (TKO 1, punches and elbows) on June 14, 2008 and, in his first outing following a near-two-year respite to continue a boxing career, a decision over Andre Armado at DREAM 13 last March 22.

Doors at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE will open for the event at 5:15 p.m. PT. The first non-televised preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m. and the first main card fight will begin at 8 p.m.

The event will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

7 COMMENTS
  • LiverPunch says:

    So Lashley, Noons, Lawler, Fedor, Werdum amongst others and the release of a game by the biggest sports franchise company in video games, in which StrikeForce is the big venue?….give me a second…I’m just trying to think of what people are going to find to bitch about this time. I’m sure you guys will think of something.

    Well done SF keep it coming.

  • MCM says:

    Ooh, ooh, I got it……
    How about, Why don’t these guys have opponents yet? What cans are they gonna find at the absolute last second that can get sanctioned by the Athletic commission?
    SF has a few stars on their roster that they don’t want to see loose, namely Bobby Lashley. Noons was the last LW champ of EXC, why wouldn’t he be fighting Melednez to unify the belts like the UFC did with Pride (Hendo). SF picked up most of EXC’s fighters, not a buy out, but close enough. Lawler beat Menhoef in his last outing, don’t you think he deserves a top fighter/ high profile fight?
    My problem with SF is that their roster is not big enough to put together really good cards as frequently as they want to. Their CBS cards have been pretty good, but they’re the only ones that seem to have much thought behind them.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I cant wait to see who SF will match up with these three. I would really be pulling for Gurgel ofr Noons as Jorge will make it a exciting fight as always, Lawler has only a few exciting options but I think if Cyborg is available that would be a good match up. Lashly wants a huge step up but there really isnt anybody for him unless SF gets Sylvia.

  • Guthookd says:

    Question:

    So Lashley, Noons, Lawler, Fedor, Werdum amongst others and the release of a game by the biggest sports franchise company in video games, in which StrikeForce is the big venue?….give me a second…I’m just trying to think of what people are going to find to bitch about this time..  (Quote)

    Answer:

    How about, Why don’t these guys have opponents yet? What cans are they gonna find at the absolute last second that can get sanctioned by the Athletic commission.  (Quote)

    They shouldn’t even be announcing fights if there are not two people already slated for the match.

    That said, this is going to be a good card for sure. Makes me with I had Showtime, but with a fight every 3 months it’s not worth it to me. Of course, there is that soft core porn……

  • Rece Rock says:

    I agree with the no opponent comments… SF is pretty stubborn when it comes to this… there promoting the individual fighters star power instead of the promise of a great fight or a great match up.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    I love hearing a fight being put together with three guys i dont mind seeing but no one to fight.
    whats the point. Maybe you should get them someone to fight first then say “hey guess what two guys are going to fight each other” then i will get excited.
    as the way SF goes when it comes to last minute shopping all they can do is find is cans. Their will be some excuse again as like always and we will all bitch about it later but the end of the day it will be are own faults for thinking that they will pull it off.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I just read that Lawler will be fighting Babalu, interestinf fight if Babalu can get to 185

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