Looks like January 30th could be an explosive night in Miami as a middleweight slugout between Melvin Manhoef and Robbie Lawler is rumored to be added to the “Strikeforce: Miami” card inside the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.
FiveOuncesofPain.com spoke with sources close to the situation (No, not the one from The Jersey Shore), and was able to confirm that the bout has been offered to both fighters and contracts should be extended shortly.
Lawler was last seen getting submitted by current Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields in the 1stRound of their scrap this past June. Prior to the loss, Lawler had been perfect through his previous six fights, posting W’s over the likes of Joey Villasenor, Frank Trigg, Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Scott Smith en route to capturing the EliteXC 185-pound crown.
Manhoef is fresh off the biggest win of his exciting career. The lethal striker slapped Kazuo Misaki silly last week at the “Dynamite!! 2009″ card in Japan. Because most of Manhoef’s damage has been done overseas, most don’t know that 23 of his 24 victories have come by way of KO or knockout.
Lawler was expected to participated in “Strikeforce: Evolution” earlier this month, however the organization wasn’t able to secure the appropriate opponent in time. Well, Manhoef certainly fits the bill…
Here are the other fighters rumored to be participating in the Showtime broadcast:
Bobby Lashley vs. TBD
Herschel Walker vs. TBD
Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs
Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler
Marloes Coenen vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (Strikeforce Women’s Champion)
Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis (Open Welterweight Title)