Strikeforce middleweight fighter “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Strikeforce promotion, according to MMAFighting.com.
“Strikeforce has treated me good and I am happy to re-sign with them,” Lawler said. “They have given me an opportunity to fight for the title and I’m looking forward to that and to fighting any and all of the top 185-pounders.”
The news comes only a day after it was announced that Strikeforce had locked in the services of welterweight champion Nick Diaz to a similar multi-year deal.
The 28-year old Lawler is a veteran of both the UFC and PRIDE and holds a professional record of 18-6. He holds notable wins over Chris Lytle, Joey Villasenor, Frank Trigg, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, Scott Smith, Melvin Manhoef, and Matt Lindland. He has split the results of his last four fights, balancing losses to Jake Shields and Renato “Babalu” Sobral with wins over Manhoef and Lindland. Lawler trains out of the HIT Squad in Granite City, Illinois and is best known for his impressive knockout power.
He is currently scheduled to face Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg on January 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.