Before Strikeforce: Nashville the word on the street was that Robbie Lawler was all set to face Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller at an event in June. The now infamous brawl at that event, which occurred due to Mayhem’s unexpected visit to the cage appears to have put paid to that plan however.
Strikeforce officials now anticipate that Miller will now be suspended for his part in the incident, and that’s left them scrambling for a new opponent.
“Miller isn’t fighting because we believe, in speaking with the Tennessee Athletic Commission, that he will put under some type of suspension,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Sherdog.com. “After reviewing the tape (of the April 17 incident), we felt that Miller shouldn’t headline our next event. We will honor the Tennessee commission’s decision when it’s announced.”
Luckily Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral is ready and willing to take his place after DREAM’s light-heavyweight tournament fell through, and so he will now face Lawler at a catchweight of 195lbs in the headline bout.
Lawler was successful in his last Strikeforce outing, pulling an unexpected KO out of the bag against Melvin Manhoef after being punished with leg-kicks for much of the opening round.
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Sobral was less successful however, suffering a knockout defeat at the hands of Gegard Mousasi back in August of last year.
Strikeforce LA takes place on June 16th with KJ Noons and Bobby Lashley also slated to fight.