Jake Shields. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
In an interesting matchup that is taking place in an unexpected weight class, former EliteXC champs Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler will meet in a middleweight bout at Strikeforce’s scheduled May event. Shields’ April bout against Joe Riggs is now off:
Former EliteXC champions Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler will face off in a non-title middleweight contest for Strikeforce in May at a yet-to-be-announced Washington state venue. Shields will take the leap to middleweight to face the Iowa striker, said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker at a press conference on Thursday.
The 29-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt had been previously announced to square off against power puncher Joe Riggs at Strikeforce’s April 11 event in San Jose, Calif. That bout is now on hold, said Strikeforce representatives.
The fight will reportedly take place at a catch-weight of 182 lbs. Riggs is also not injured and will likely be used for a different fight, possibly on the same card or in his original April spot. At the moment, I’m torn on making a prediction about this fight. Standing with Lawler wouldn’t be the best idea for Shields, but I wonder if he’ll even be able to take him down. Then again, if it does hit the canvas, Lawler has shown that he’s susceptible to getting caught in submissions. Interesting matchup.