EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and lightweight Nick Diaz are scheduled to be participating on Strikeforce’s April 11th event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Although no opponents have been assigned to either fighter, both are eager to resume their MMA careers.
It has been rumored that former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock will also be participating at the event, however Lawler’s manager, Monty Cox, would not confirm that the legend would be Lawler’s opponent.
GracieFighter.com, the website run by Diaz’ trainer Cesar Gracie, posted the following statement regarding Diaz’ future:
Nick Diaz will most likely be fighting in late March or early April for StrikeForce. His last bout was to have taken place in Dream against Sakurai, but Japanese television executives nixed the match and replaced Sakurai’s opponent for a former pro wrestler they hoped would muster better ratings.
His opponent has yet to be named and final contracts have not been signed, however StrikeForce is committed to securing a marquee matchup for Diaz.
A major issue with Strikeforce’s recent acquisition of ProElite’s assets was the transferring of fighters’ contracts. It was believed that assets would not pertain to the ProElite deals, however Strikefore is claiming that they are indeed transferable and that former ProElite fighters are in no position to renegotiate.
Cox stated that they were not going to try to legally challenge Strikeforce’s stance, as they are happy with Lawler’s previous ProElite contract.