Strikeforce Houses Deepest Middleweight Division

Written by Tom Ngo
April 8th, 2009

Robbie Lawler

Over the past couple of years, Strikeforce has managed to compile the deepest middleweight division in all of MMA. With their current talent pool at 185, look for the promotion to put on some blockbuster bouts.

“I really think our middleweight division is our strongest division hands down,” Strikeforce’s director of communications Mike Afromowitz proclaimed. “We’ve got Robbie, we’ve got Cung (Le), our champ, Frank (Shamrock), Benji Radach, Scott Smith; I think there’s a long list of contenders in the 185-pound division.”

In case you didn’t notice, three of the fighters that he mentioned were brought over via their acquisition of ProElite’s assets earlier this year. Although the deal helped solidify their middleweight division, Strikeforce is more anxious about getting their own champ back in the cage.

“I was hoping to see him by the summer, but now it looks like the fall,” Afromowitz said about Le’s return. “I think he’s getting married and so he’s going to take some personal time this summer. I’m really happy for him, he’s marrying a really great girl, and I hope to see him back in the fall.”

When he finally comes back, Afromowitz already has an opponent lined up for him.

“The rematch that everyone wants to see is Frank against Cung, and I think that should be Cung’s first fight back,” stated Afromowitz.

Interestingly, Afromowitz wasn’t as eager to unify the 185-pound title by having Le and former EliteXC champ Lawler slug it out in a 5Round affair. Although that bout isn’t in the organization’s immediate future, they know that they struck gold by obtaining a fighter of Lawler’s skills and they have all intentions of using him.

“I think he can fight any of our middleweights,” Afromowitz said about Lawler.

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