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Old 01-05-2010, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Official: ROBBIE LAWLER VS MELVIN MANHOEF IN STRIKEFORCE


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With the next Strikeforce event just a few weeks away it appears the card will add a fight with fireworks written all over it. Former EliteXC champion Robbie Lawler and Melvin Manhoef have agreed in principle to a middleweight showdown on Jan. 30 in Sunrise, Fla. for Strikeforce: Miami.

The news was first reported by Five Ounces of Pain, and confirmed to MMAWeekly.com independently by multiple sources close to the fight.

Lawler (16-5) was originally slated to appear on the last Strikeforce card of 2009, but an injury to Trevor Prangley at the last minute didn’t allow the organization time to find a suitable replacement. The bout was scrapped.

It's been widely speculated that Lawler would end up on the card in January because the former champion hasn't competed since a June loss to current Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields.

Manhoef (24-6-1) comes into the fight fresh off of a first round drubbing of former Pride Middleweight Grand Prix champion Kazuo Misaki on New Year's Eve in Japan. The blitzing striker signed with Strikeforce late last year and this will be his promotional debut.

He overcame the loss of his training facility, Mike’s Gym, to a fire recently, and noted that he hasn’t had adequate opportunity to train his ground game because of the fire.

Asked about his training quandary after he defeated Misaki, Manhoef said, “If the fight (with Lawler) is gonna happen, I’m gonna prepare myself good. Robbie’s a banger, not a grappler, so maybe I don’t have to go on the ground, so we can do what we do the best.”

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming Strikeforce: Miami card as it becomes available.
Source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/...10412&zoneid=3

I know JC / Rival created a thread saying Melvin wanted Robbie but it's offical now and the fight is set. This is going to be an exciting fight and I see Mevlin tearing Robbie's head off! Should be a great action packed fight.
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Baddd assss.....kinda feel bad for Swick, his one chance in winning is for a submission and since he's so great at that......

Manhoef by fatality.
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Manhoef by bruuutal KO. Can't wait for this fight.
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Lawler by flying heel hook...
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Melvin by Flying guard pull transitioning to a sweep into mount and a single punch to the chin KO all in perfect motion.
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In a fight with two guys that have this much power, it just comes down to whoever connects first. Melvin has an advantage in the stand up, but seeing as these two both swing for the fences I dont see this fight lasting more then one or two exchanges. Im going with Melvin in this one, but I think it could be a first round KO for either of these dudes. Lawler has the ability to take him down and pound him out, but I just dont see him doing that for some reason.
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I like Robbie but I tend to think he is gonna get KTFO this fight.


Can't wait to see this one!!!
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Damn what a fight!

Melvin by sheer destruction. He's too explosive, too fast and too technical for Lawler.
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I can't wait to see the odds in vbookie for this fight. I pray to god that Melvin is the underdog due to not having much recognition in the US so I can bet the farm on him
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Some fuker is going to sleep!

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