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Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields to headline Strikeforce’s May event in Seattle

A welterweight matchup between Jake Shields and Joe Riggs that had been planned for Strikeforce’s April 11 debut on Showtime is off.

FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the news from multiple sources close to the fight on Thursday.

Neither Riggs or Shields is injured and one source indicated that Shields is being saved for a possible headlining slot against Robbie Lawler during a tentative Strikeforce event scheduled for May in Seattle.

Sources confirmed that the Lawler vs. Shields matchup was to be officially announced by Strikeforce officials during a Thursday press conference in Los Angeles. According to FiveOuncesOfPain.com’s Gary Herman, Lawler vs. Shields was in fact announced to the media during the presser.

Strikeforce’s April 11 event will take place in San Jose, Calif. and will emanate from the HP Pavilion. Scheduled to headline the show is a 179 pound catchweight bout between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and Nick Diaz.

In addition to Shamrock vs. Diaz, the televised portion of the card will include Josh Thomson defending the Strikeforce lightweight title vs. Gilbert Melendez as well as matchups between Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Hitomi Akano.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 4:27 p.m. ET to definitely reflect that the Lawler vs. Shields matchup will be officially announced today. The story was updated a second time at 5:21 p.m. ET to reflect Gary Herman’s reporting.

6 COMMENTS
  • phight phan says:

    STRIKEFORCE BETTER HAVE A GOOD REPLACEMENT MATCH !!! I HAD HOPE THAT THERE FIRST SHOW AFTER GETTING THOSE FIGHTER CONTRACTS WOULD BE A GREAT ONE ,A STAMP ON THE MMA WORLD . FIRST , THEY COULDN’T MAKE THE CYBORG VS GINA MATCH HAPPEN ,THEN NO ROBBIE LAWLER , AND WHERE ARE THE BIG GUYS THEY HAVE UNDER CONTRACT? SINCE I BOUGHT 20 TICKETS I HOPE THEY FIND A GREAT REPLACEMENT. IF THEY DON’T THE UFC HAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT , AND I WILL WATCH THE REST OF THERE FIGHTS ON SHOWTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • miss_mma says:

    lawlers gonna knock shields out, … sucks cause i like the guy but its gonna happen, his hands are terrible.

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  • perfecto says:

    I hope lawler kills him shields is dumb calling out GSP

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  • TerribleT says:

    So Lawler is going to drop down from 185 LB’s to 170 LB’s? He hasn’t fought at WW for years! I hope they fight at a catch weight cuz it doesn’t seem fair that Lawler should have to drop 15 LB’s.

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  • KTru says:

    Shields has a better chance than some of you are giving him. This should be a catchweight fight, but Strikeforce having back to back catchweight main events kind of looks silly. Shields had fought bigger guys before, i.e. Okami. should be a interesting fight.

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  • perfecto says:

    Shields never impressed me.

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