Jacare Souza vs. Robbie Lawler for the Strikeforce Milddleweight Title on Jan. 29thPosted on December 18, 2010, 11:59 PM by Joey Santosus
Fresh off a devastating 50-second knockout victory over Matt Lindland in St. Louis earlier this month, Robbie Lawler has reportedly been named next in line to face Middleweight Champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in a bout expected to take place as part of Strikeforce's January 29th card at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Lawler, the last standing Middleweight champ of the now defunct EliteXC, had hopes of regaining his spot atop the 185lbs. division when Strikeforce announced their intentions to hold a one-night tournament to assign the belt vacated by its former holder Jake Shields. However, due to commission rules, those hopes were dashed and instead a singles bout was held, in which Souza defeated Tim Kennedy to lay claim to the title. Though Lawler has gone 2-2 with the promotion thus far, both wins were by emphatic first round knockout and seem to have impressed the Strikeforce brass enough to earn him the shot after all.
Souza signed with Strikeforce after finding success in Japan's Dream promotion and quickly racked up three straight victories, submitting Lindland in his debut, followed by back to back decision wins over Joey Villasenor and Tim Kennedy. The Team Black House member will look to further cement himself as the promotion's premiere Middleweight when he faces the heavy-handed veteran, who will perhaps be his toughest test to date.