It was announced at today’s Strikeforce press conference that EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields will take on EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler at their May promotion.
Both Shields and Lawler are in the Top 10 of their respective divisions and the fight is expected to be a classic featuring a striker and a wrestler.
The fight will take place at a catch-weight of 182 pounds. Shields has competed in the middleweight division in the past, so it won’t be a complete shock to his system to move up in weight.
Strikeforce brought over both fighters after their acquisition of ProElite earlier this year.