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Matt Lindland vs. Robbie Lawler added to December 4th Strikeforce event

A classic clash of styles will be on display in St. Louis this December, as Strikeforce has announced heavy-handed striker Robbie Lawler will face former Olympic wrestler Matt Lindland at the promotion’s event scheduled for 12/4 at the Scottrade Center.

“Ruthless” Robbie dropped a hard-fought decision to light heavyweight contender Renato “Babalu” Sobral in his most recent outing but has only been beaten a single time at 185-pounds in nearly four years (to Jake Shields). During that span he’s notched victories over a tough group including Joey Villasenor, Frank Trigg, Melvin Manhoef, and Murilo “Ninja” Rua. He holds an overall record of 17-6 with knockouts in fourteen of his wins.

A polar opposite in terms of approach and outright aggression, Lindland is 22-7 with the bulk of his in-ring success coming by way of submissions/decisions. However, “The Law” scored a TKO over Kevin Casey last May at Strikeforce Challengers 8 – the eighth win of his career coming in such a fashion – and is no stranger to ground-and-pounding his way to a “W” when necessary.

In addition to Lawler vs. Lindland, the December 4th event will also feature former PRIDE double-divisional champ Dan Henderson fighting the afore-mentioned Sobral in the main event, the return of football legend Herschel Walker to a MMA ring, and a scrap between Paul Daley and Scott Smith nearly guaranteed to end in one man’s separation from consciousness.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Very solid card so far. Definitely checking this one out

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Yeah Matt got a TKO in his last fight over a guy with 4 total pro fights going into that fight.
    Seriously Matt should be embarresed for even taking that fight, Its like Randy Couture taking on a guy with no mma experience.
    Anyway the card overall looks to be another good job by SF, hopefully we also get to see either Cyborg fight here as well.

  • Awesome card! I hope Hands of Steel gets hurt and repeats his greatest comeback finish of all time at Semtex’s expense.

  • Dufresne says:

    Its like Randy Couture taking on a guy with no mma experience.

    I see what you did there…

    I love watching both Lindland and Lawler fight, so putting those two in the cage at the same time is a guaranteed way of getting my attention. I just hope we don’t see another Belfort/Lindland style finish. I’m all for KO’s, but that one had me worried.

    I’m also interested in seeing how Hendo does back at 205. He said the weight cut was getting too hard on his body and partially blamed that on his dismal performance against Shields in his last outing, so I guess we get to see if he was telling the truth or making up excuses.

  • Rich S. says:

    Lawler/Lindland goes one of two ways.

    Lindland wins by Unanimous Decision
    Lawler wins by brutal, brutal KO.

    We’ll see, but I’m hoping it’s the latter. Also, I’m surprised that Lawler keeps getting fights against strong grapplers. I guess he needs to prove that he’s well-rounded enough to be champion, but his most exciting fights are often against other great strikers.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Acually a Lindland submission wouldnt surprise me a bit in this fight.


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