Following the withdrawals of Benji Radach and most recently Trevor Prangley, Strikeforce will be unable to find a suitable replacement to take on former Elite XC middleweight champion, Robbie Lawler, at its upcoming "Evolution" event from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., this Saturday (Dec. 19).
MMA Fanhouse reports that "Ruthless" will instead compete against a yet-to-be announced opponent on the promotion's next major card, which is scheduled for the Seminole Hard Rock Hoteal and Casino in Sunrise, Fla., on Jan. 30, 2010.
Lawler is coming off a submission loss to Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields on June 6. Despite entering the bout on a five-fight win streak, the power-puncher gift-wrapped his head for a textbook guillotine, tapping out to the submission specialist little more than two minutes into the first round.
We'll have more on Lawler, as well as the Jan. 30 show, as soon as it becomes available. Remember that K-1 wrecking machine, Melvin Manhoef, is slated to make his debut that night.
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Strikeforce: "Evolution" will feature lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-2, 1 NC) returning to action to battle the promotion's interim 155-pound kingpin, Gilbert Melendez (16-2). Former middleweight champion Cung Le is also coming back to trade fists with the always-entertaining Scott Smith.
To check out the complete fight card for "Evolution" click here.