Wednesday night’s Strikeforce L.A event kicks off a crazy 10 day spell of MMA action that culminates with another Strikeforce event, Fedor Vs Werdum on the 26th.
The L.A event on the 16th coincides with the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles, which gives ample opportunity for both Strikeforce and EA Sports to promote the forthcoming EA Sports MMA title which will feature many of the stars that fight for the promotion.
Two of them, Robbie Lawler and Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral headline this event at a catchweight of 195lbs. Lawler was last seen back in January where he survived a first round of eating vicious leg kicks from Melvin Manhoef before suddenly landing a knockout blow to hand him the 19th win of his career.
Sobral hasn’t fought since losing his title with a devastating KO loss against Gegard Mousasi back in August of last year.
There’s an added incentive for the winner of this fight as Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker says that the winner will go on to a title in their respective weight classes. For Lawler that would be Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza (who Coker says will be the no.1 contender at middleweight should Jake Shields leave for the UFC as is anticipated to happen), while Sobral would then take on Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal for the 205lb strap.
With Bobby Lashley pulled from the LA event due to injury the fight card has had a little reshuffling and now, Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos, husband of woman’s champion Cris Cyborg, will face DREAM’s welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis in the precursor to the main event.
Zaromskis will be looking for his first win in Strikeforce after losing to the current champion Nick Diaz last time out. Santos also lost his last bout in the promotion at a Strikeforce Challengers card against Joey Villasenor, though he has since rebounded with a win at an event in Brazil late last year.
After two wins in the Strikeforce Challengers series, Tim Kennedy makes his way onto the big show to take on veteran fighter Trevor Prangley who has himself recently fought on a Challengers card, drawing with Karl Amoussou in a fight stopped early due to an accidental eye-poke.
The card is rounded out by two former Elite XC veterans KJ Noons and Conor Heun.
Noons was Elite XC’s lightweight champion, and he returned to MMA action in DREAM recently after almost two years out and picked up a win over Brazilian Andre Amade. Heun’s last fight was a year ago, losing by decision to former UFC fighter Jorge Gurgel at ShoMMA 2.
The Strikeforce LA event will air live on Showtime this Wednesday night. Check back tomorrow for our predictions for the show.
- Robbie Lawler vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
- Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos vs. Marius Zaramoskis
- Tim Kennedy vs. Trevor Prangley
- Conor Heun vs. K.J. Noons