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 Sherdog.com.
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 Sherdog.com 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.