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Robbie Lawler vs. Renato Sobral set for “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” on June 16

A 195 catchweight bout between Robbie Lawler and Renato Sobral has been announced for the first Strikeforce first event to be held in Los Angeles according to a recent report on

Lawler is coming off of a miracle knockout against feared Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef earlier this year, a fight that saw Manhoef use Robbie Lawler’s legs as target practice. It wasn’t until Manhoef left his chin wide open that Lawler was able to land a devastating punch. With the promotional status of Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields up in the air right now, a victory for Lawler could get him a spot in a potential title fight

Sobral was the promotion’s light heavyweight champion for nearly two years until he suffered a devastating knockout loss at the hands of Gegard Mousasi in August of 2009. Before that, Sobral was on a five fight winning streak with victories over Mike Whitehead, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, and Bobby Southworth.

Lawler’s original opponent was supposed to be the controversial Jason “Mayhem” Miller, but after the now infamous CBS incident, he will not be fighting. Scott Coker stated to that part of the reason was the Tennessee Athletic Commission will most likely suspend Miller for his role in the brawl.

Strikeforce: Los Angeles will take place from the Nokia Theatre on June 16. It will air on Showtime.

  • MCM says:

    there now, couldn’t have waited one day to announce this fight.
    Sobral has a decent chin, but is light years ahead in the ground game. If he can this to the ground he pulls out a sub or wears Lawler down in a UD. If he tries to strike with Robbie, he’s going night night.

  • MickeyC says:

    It should be decent, I think I would have rather seen him and miller. Wonder who noons and Lashley will get.

  • Rich S. says:

    Nice fight.. Robbie’s striking is far better and he’s pretty good at stopping the takedown now days.. If he stops it in this fight, he wins, if not, he loses..

  • Robbie could KO Babalu for sure. If he keeps this standing, it’ll be a long night for Babalu. Also, Strikeforce needs to sign more talent in their middleweight and light heavyweight divisions…it’s way too thin to create many interesting match ups.

  • retrofitting123 says:

    great fight, i love the few unpredictable ones

  • Rece Rock says:

    I think if babaloo can avoid the ko power of lawler & get it to the ground he gets the win via sub… IMO

  • Rece Rock says:

    I think this mayhem miller suspension stuff has gone to far…

  • Guthookd says:

    True Babalu’s ground game is going to be more developed than Robbie’s, but I doubt Babalu will just reapeatedly try to go for a takedown. He has too much pride and in his mind his striking is not so shabby.

    Going against the grain, I predict a stand up battle here. Should be a good fight.


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