Strikeforce: Robbie Lawler Expects a Tough Night for Matt Lindland

November 24, 2010

“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler hits hard… really hard. That pretty much sums up the former EliteXC middleweight champion.

He’s won fights in a number of organizations, including the UFC, a tale for Lawler that ended six years ago.

Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler

With a record of 19-6, Lawler is now getting his payday in the Strikeforce middleweight division. The San Jose, Calif.-based company has been Lawler’s home for the past year-and-a-half, and the time there has given him some bright spots and some dark ones.

In his last outing, Lawler went three rounds with former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ and fellow UFC veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral. The fight ended with Sobral taking the unanimous decision win, but many fans, media, and critics believed the fight had been judged incorrectly.

Previous to that fight, however, Lawler pulled a “Doug Flutie” and threw a miracle in Miami to knock out Melvin Manhoef in the first round of their fight. Lawler was being picked apart for a majority of the round, but threw a surprise overhand right to clip Manhoef, ultimately leading to the stoppage of the bout.

In this writer’s opinion, the Lawler-Manhoef bout remains one of the best comebacks in the sport’s history.

Lawler’s next opportunity to shine comes at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 on Dec. 4 in St. Louis when he takes on veteran Matt Lindland. Those hard hits that were mentioned earlier are something that Lawler expects to use come fight night.

“I except Matt to come out and be in my face and me to have a chance to hit him,” Lawler said recently. “I think he is a smart fighter. I don’t think he is just going to go in there and wrestle from the start. He’s been working on all his skills, so I am ready for a little bit of stand-up before he closes the distance.”

The rush that a fighter feels when he drops his opponent is surreal. Lawler will look to do this when he faces Lindland. The chance to knock another out cold is exciting. The result is all positive for the one who is still standing after the impact.

“It feels good,” Lawler described the sensation. “When you hurt someone, you just have to go in there and look for the finish and get it done.”

Lawler explained that his training is going well and he feels good. This paints a picture that illustrates a fighter who is primed and ready for war. As you may know, war is never easy, and that’s exactly how Lawler sees this fight being for Matt Lindland.

“I don’t know how he thinks it is going to be, but I have been working on my skills, my wrestling, and I have been working on everything,” he said. “I think you have to ask Matt how easy he thinks it will be. I think he thinks it will be tough… and it will be.”