While all the Strikeforce talk over the past few days has surrounded the signing of Dan Henderson, another couple of ex-UFC stars are set to do battle on Dec. 19 as Robbie Lawler (16-5) will officially take on Travor Prangley (22-5) at the upcoming "Evolution" event in San Jose, California.
The middleweight clash finalizes the Dec. 19 line up.
Lawler is coming off a "Ruthless" submission loss to current promotion champ Jake Shields. Despite entering the June 6 bout on a five-fight win streak, the power-puncher gift-wrapped his head for a textbook guillotine, tapping out to the submission specialist at just 2:02 in the first round.
Like the Shields fight, there will be very little margin for error against the well-traveled Prangley.
After getting the boot from Canada's Maximum Fighting Championship for double-dipping in smaller promotions, the South African ran roughshod over Dennis Reed at Arena Rumble and Marcus Sursa at Shark Fights 7 -- both within the span of the last three months.
In fact, Prangley has competed four times in 2009, winning each of his bouts convincingly. With momentum on his side, a Lawler win could immediately vault him into the suddenly-crowded title chase.
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.