Thursday, Dec 30, 2010
Robbie Lawler Signs Multi-Fight Extension with Strikeforce
By FCF Staff
Just days removed from announcing that it has resigned welterweight champion Nick Diaz to a new, multi-fight contract, Strikeforce confirmed today that it has done the same with middleweight contender Robbie Lawler. No details of Lawler’s contract were given, other than to describe the extension as a “multi-year agreement.” (Pictured: Lawler knocking out Matt Lindland on December 4th)
“Strikeforce has treated me good and I am happy to re-sign with them,” Lawler was quoted saying in a press release from the promotion. “They have given me an opportunity to fight for the title and I’m looking forward to that and to fighting any and all of the top 185-pounders.’’
Lawler (18-6) went 2-1 in 2010, as the powerful slugger scored highlight reel knockouts over Melvin Manhoef and most recently Matt Lindland, but lost by unanimous decision to Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the summer.
The UFC vet is 7-2, with 1 no contest, in his last ten fights; Lawler’s only other loss during that stretch came against Jake Shields last June, who submitted him with a first round guillotine choke. Lawler has also earned stoppage wins over Murilo Rua, Scott Smith, Frank Trigg and Joey Villasenor during that time frame.
Up next, at Strikeforce’s upcoming January 29th event in San Jose, Lawler will challenge current Strikeforce middleweight champ Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The event will also feature welterweight champion Nick Diaz taking on Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and will be broadcast live on Showtime.
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 1:37 pm