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Strikeforce Confirms Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef

As expected, Strikeforce has confirmed that a middleweight slugfest between Robbie Lawler and Melvin Manhoef will indeed go down inside BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The organization also verified that Strikeforce: Miami will host the highly-rumored welterweight fight between Jay Hieron and Joe Riggs as well.

Because former NFL great Herschel Walker and TNA superstar Bobby Lashley are expected to participate in the event, the bout between Hieron and Riggs will not be televised unless time permits.

However, there’s only 24 days until gametime and neither fighter has been assigned an opponent. That being said, it’s possible one of those two might get pushed back and Hieron/Riggs could be promoted to the televised portion of the Showtime broadcast:

Here are the other fighters rumored to be participating in January 30th event:

Preliminary Bouts:

David Gomez vs. Craig Oxley
Sabah Homasi vs. John Kelly
Pablo Alfonso vs. Marcos da Matta
Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs

Main Bouts:

Bobby Lashley vs. TBD
Herschel Walker vs. TBD
Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler
Marloes Coenen vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (Strikeforce Women’s Championship)
Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis (Open Welterweight Title)