It was announced at yesterday’s Strikeforce press conference that EliteXC middleweight champ Robbie Lawler would be headlining their May event against Jake Shields at a catch-weight of 182-pounds. He’ll take this fight for now, but he expects a title shot sooner rather than later.
“I’m the highest ranked guy for the organization at 185, so I think that has a lot to do with it,” Lawler told 5thRound.com about being the first in line to challenge Cung Le for his Strikeforce middleweight title. “That I’ve been knocking everyone out for two years has a lot to do with it, but I don’t know how this (expletive) is gonna work.”
Lawler’s life and career have been put on hold since his last bout with EliteXC in July. He is thankful that his employment search was shorter than what most other Americans are going through.
“I just wanted them to get it over and done with,” Lawler stated about Strikeforce’s acquisition of ProElite last month. “I think I was in the dark for way too long. I didn’t know what was going on, and I think I went without getting paid for too long. Especially when you’re gonna fight in November, and two weeks before they cancel it.”
Although he is happy to have found new employment, he would have rathered to renegotiate his EliteXC contract, instead of having it transferred over to Strikeforce.
“I wish they would have just let me out of my contract and we could have just went back to the drawing board with whoever was out there,” stated Lawler. “Whether it was UFC, Strikeforce, either way. I don’t think it mattered very much (sense I was already under contract).”