by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal makes the first defense of his Strikeforce light heavyweight title on Saturday night at Strikeforce: Houston. On tap for him is challenger Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The two main eventers and the rest of the fight card weighed in Friday afternoon at the fight venue.
Lawal, who says he’s just as hungry to defend his title as he was to win it, stepped on the scale at 203.75 pounds. Feijao, trying to wrest the belt away from the champ, weighed in at 203.5 pounds.
After months of will he, won’t he, what’s happening, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields left the promotion for the greener pastures of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His successor is set to be crowned on Saturday night.
Battling it out for the vacant middleweight strap are Tim Kennedy, who weighed in at 185 pounds, and Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza, who stepped up at 184.75 pounds.
Also featured on the televised portion of the fight card on Showtime are a lightweight showdown between K.J. Noons and Jorge Gurgel, as well as heavyweights Bobby Lashley and Chad Griggs going toe-to-toe.
Noons weighed in a quarter of a pound over the 156-pound limit for his fight, but Gurgel agreed to the fight without any further weight cut.
Main Bouts (On Showtime):
-Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (203.75) vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (203.5)
-Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza (184.75) vs. Tim Kennedy (185)
-Jorge Gurgel (154.75) vs. K.J. Noons (156.25)
-Bobby Lashley (246) vs. Chad Griggs (228.5)
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Daniel Cormier (249) vs. Jason Riley (256.5)
-Andre Galvao (170.75) vs. Jorge Patino ()*
-Vinicius Magalhaes (144.5) vs. Rocky Long (146.25)
-Adam Schindler (155.5) vs. Kier Gooch (155.5)
-Jose Santibanez (154.25) vs. Reynaldo Trujillo (155.25)
-Chad Robichaux (131) vs. Humberto DeLeon (127.5) **
-Chad Cook (205.25) vs. Arteneus Young (204)
*Patino was not present at weigh-ins, and will weigh in this eventing.
**Robichaux has one hour to lose one pound to make the 130-pound catchweight.