Sobral vs. Lawler Set For Strikeforce: Los Angeles

Jason “Mayhem” Miller’s actions at “Strikeforce: Nashville” after the Jake Shields-Dan Henderson championship bout are already bringing in repercussions for the Bully Beatdown host, as he is out of consideration for a bout with Robbie Lawler.

In his place, former light heavyweight champion of the promotion Renato “Babalu” Sobral will be facing off against Lawler at a 195-pound catchweight. The match up was reported first by Sherdog.com after the news was confirmed to them by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.

“Miller isn’t fighting because we believe, in speaking with the Tennessee Athletic Commission, that he will put under some kind of suspension,” Coker told Sherdog.com, clearly concerned with Miller’s availability for the Los Angeles event later this month.

And Coker has reason to be concerned. The rumored event between Lawler and Miller has since been scrapped due to Miller’s actions on April 17 in Nashville. After the fight, the colorful mixed martial artist entered the cage, questioned Jake Shields as to when they would have a rematch, and proceeded to get beat down by Shields’ teammates. The altercation is still under investigation by the Tennessee Athletic Commission, who will likely hand down a suspension to Miller.

Yesterday the promotion announced that Lawler would be featured on the “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” card set for this summer, along with Bobby Lashley and KJ Noons. Lawler is the first of the three to learn of his new opponent. The event is set for the Nokia Theater on June 16 and tickets go on sale to the public May 1.


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