K-1 wrecking machine and mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Melvin Manhoef (24-6-1) is in talks to make his Strikeforce debut opposite the hard-hitting Robbie Lawler on the main card of the Jan. 30 "Miami" event at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.
MMAmania.com confirmed the match was under consideration earlier today -- though bout agreements have not yet been distributed and nothing is official at this time.
Manhoef looked "Marvelous" in the FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009 year end supershow, putting Kazuo Misaki on queer street with his trademark blitzkrieg of power punches. It quickly erased his submission loss to Paulo Filho at DREAM 10 last July.
Opponents have shown "No Mercy" when it comes to exposing Manhoef's ground game. In fact, the Dutch destroyer is 7-3 in his last ten fights with all seven wins by way of (T)KO and all three losses by way of -- you guessed it -- submission.
I don't think it's by accident that he's being paired with another dangerous striker who's susceptible to the ground game.
Lawler is coming off a "Ruthless" submission loss to current Strikeforce middleweight champion 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 grappling specialist at just 2:02 in the first round.
His plan was to rebound against the well traveled Trevor Prangley at the Dec. 19 "Evolution" event; however, the South African wrestler was injured just days before the fight, prompting Strikeforce officials to scrap the bout altogether with no suitable replacement to be found.
Lawler was publicly upset about missing a payday, but in the end it may have been a blessing in disguise as Manhoef is a God overseas and a win at "Miami" could really elevate the stock of the HIT Squad striker.
The Jan. 30 Strikeforce event is set to air at 8 p.m. ET live on Showtime and will mark the promotion’s debut in the "Sunshine State." The main event features Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. Current Strikeforce Women's Champion Cristian 'Cyborg' Santos will also be in action against Marloes Coenen.
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