Time to change your brackets.
Strikeforce middleweight Jason Miller could be facing a possible suspension for his participation in the televised CBS brawl following the promotion's April 17 "Nashville" event, and as a result, has been pulled from his tentative bout with Robbie Lawler on June 16, according to Sherdog.com.
From Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker:
"Miller isn’t fighting because we believe, in speaking with the Tennessee Athletic Commission, that he will put under some type of suspension. 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."
Stepping in for "Mayhem" on the upcoming "Los Angeles" fight card is Renato Sobral, who has agreed to meet "Ruthless" at a catchweight of 195-pounds. "Babalu" was supposed to participate at DREAM 14; however, that was nixed when the promotion scrapped its upcoming light heavyweight tournament on May 29.
Lawler was last seen making a "Marvelous" comeback against Melvin Manhoef at Strikeforce: "Miami" earlier this year. Despite eating a dozen leg kicks that left him with a serious limp, the hard-hitting Lawler found the Dutchman's sweet spot and put him to bed in the latter part of round one.
He may need that power (along with the ability to stay on his feet) to get past the crafty Brazilian.
Sobral actually held the promotion's light heavyweight title until he got turned inside out by Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce: "Carano vs. Cyborg" last August. That defeat snapped a five-fight win streak for the former UFC standout and it will be interesting to see his performance at 195-pounds.
Strikeforce: "Los Angeles" is also expected to feature heavyweight up-and-comer Bobby Lashley, as well as former EliteXC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates on this still-developing fight card.