As expected, Robbie Lawler will not be participating in Saturday’s Strikeforce: Evolution event as the organization was unable to find a suitable replacement for the former EliteXC middleweight champion. Lawler’s original opponent, Trevor Prangley, abruptly pulled out of their scrap earlier this week due to an undisclosed injury.
This would have been Lawler’s first contest since suffering a submission loss to Jake Shields in a 182-pound catchweight tussle back in June.
Strikeforce: Evolution will be jumping off inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, with the first aired fight beginning at 10PM ET/PT.
Here is how the trimmed-down fight card shapes out:
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith
Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Josh Thomson (c) vs. Gilbert Melendez (ic)
Ronaldo Souza vs. Matt Lindland
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Mike Whitehead
Scott Lighty vs. Antwain Britt
Daisuke Nakamura vs. Justin Wilcox
Luis Mendoza vs. Juan Nunez
Alex Trevino vs. Bobby Stack
Alexander Crispim vs. AJ Fonseca