Exclusive: Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler on tap for “Strikeforce: Miami”

robbie lawlerIncoming!! Two of the sport’s most devastating knockout artists are preparing to go to war in Miami.

FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been able to comfirm through sources close to the situation that a middleweight slugfest between Melvin Manhoef and Robbie Lawler is currently on the table, and is expected to take place on the “Strikeforce: Miami” card set for January 30 from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.

While nothing has been signed as of this writing, FiveOuncesofPain.com was able to confirm that the bout has been offered, and is expected to be signed by at least one of the fighters shortly.

Former ICON Sport and EliteXC middleweight champion, Robbie Lawler, will making his first return to action since a disappointing first round submission defeat at the hands of current Strikeforce 185 pound title holder, Jake Shields in June 6, 2009. Prior to the loss at the hands of Shields, Lawler had gone undefeated in his previous six bouts with big wins over the likes of Joey Villasenor, Frank Trigg, Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Scott Smith along the way.

Manhoef is fresh off of what could be considered the biggest win of his career, as the 5’8″ beast from Holland most recently flattened the highly regarded Kazuo Misaki during the year end “Dynamite!! 2009″ card. “No Mercy” has put together 23 wins by knockout out of his 24 victories, making him one of the most feared strikers in the sport.

Lawler was previously expected to take part in the “Strikeforce: Evolution” card that took place on December 19, but an opponent was not able to be secured in time for the event.

(UPDATE: FiveOuncesofPain.com has been able to further confirm through additional sources close to the proposed match-up that the bout is expected to take place at “Strikeforce: Miami”. Both fighters are said to be currently awaiting bout agreements to ink, but both have agreed to the match-up.)

16 COMMENTS
  • Bad Monkey says:

    This will a world class grappling showcase — NOT!!!!!

    It’s good to see Strikeforce putting Manhoef right in the fire for his first fight with them. This card is shaping up to be awesome.

    Well-Done. Thumb up 11 Thumb down 1

  • fanoftna33 says:

    This will be a true slugfest, and this card is turning into a very interesting night of fights. Now if we could just find out who Lashly is fighting.

    Well-Done. Thumb up 12 Thumb down 0

  • Kung Foo says:

    This will probably rank as one of the best Striking contests for the year. Definitely an unexpected and exciting fight.

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 0

  • Rece Rock says:

    Def. good for the fans, see what happens but I think SF might expose another one of there stars…

    I think Melvin takes this one, but who knows this is truly a case of whom ever beats the other to the punch….literally.

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 2

  • Dufresne says:

    If I were Lawler I would actually try and get this to the ground. He doesn’t have great ground skills, but from what I’ve seen, Manhhoef doesn’t have any.

    If he doesn’t try to get this off the feet, someone is going to sleep, and probably on the medical suspension list.

    Lawler has good striking and excellent power, but we’ve seen him get KO’d by Diaz who is no where near as powerful as Manhoef is.

    Well-Done. Thumb up 12 Thumb down 0

  • Guthookd says:

    Dufresne: If I were Lawler I would actually try and get this to the ground. He doesn’t have great ground skills, but from what I’ve seen, Manhhoef doesn’t have any.If he doesn’t try to get this off the feet, someone is going to sleep, and probably on the medical suspension list. Lawler has good striking and excellent power, but we’ve seen him get KO’d by Diaz who is no where near as powerful as Manhoef is.

    Manhoef said in an interview recently that because his team doesn’t have the facilities he doesn’t even train grappling at all. I think you’re right……love to see Lawlor win by submission……priceless.

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 1

  • jding3 says:

    this is definitely going to be a fun fight to watch. I agree that Lawler shoud go for the takedown

    Also, I’ve heard that Bobby Lashley is supposedly fighting Shane Del Rosario and that should be a great test to see where Lashley is at because Del Rosario is 9-0

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 0

  • Starforsaken says:

    Awesomeness! This card is becoming much more exciting than many of UFC’s cards!

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 12 Thumb down 10

  • JAI says:

    This card is pretty stacked! Scott Coker and Strikeforce are doing a good job at putting together some great cards. However, they just need to work on setting the fights way more in advance so they can better promote, gain better media coverage and the fighters can prepare much better.

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 10 Thumb down 2

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    …and I just sent out feelers for this match-up yesterday! Nice!

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 5

  • FightFan313 says:

    This should be a classic brawl. Both guys are known for knocking opponents out and being terrible on the ground. I give the edge to Melvin in the power game when it comes to striking but give the edge to lawler for accuracy and reach

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 1

  • [...] *** Not confimed by Strikeforce [...]

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  • Makington says:

    I didn’t think this fight was a surprise at all. It’s one of the few fights that make such perfect sense that you HAVE to put it on. It is easily of my most looking forward to fights, along with Diaz/Zaromskis on the same card. It’s going to be a great, free night.

    I’m pulling for Melvin to win because his striking is inhuman.

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

  • BillyWarhol says:

    wow! 2 Tuff Customers!! should be a great Slugfest for the Fans!!

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

  • bluepill23 says:

    If lawler was smart he would get it to the fround and go for a quick sub but lawlers not smart so lawler is gonna get KTFO

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

  • patsiera68 says:

    I’ll admit, as a pretty hardcore MMA fan, I still didn’t know much about Manhoef til recently, but after watching some highlights, this guy is mike tyson-like with his small size, speed, and insane punching power. It hurts to watch his punches. He’ll be damn exciting to watch.

    Agree or Disagree: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

LEAVE A COMMENT!

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Follow 5OZ