ST. LOUIS (June 3, 2009) – Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler of Granite City, Ill., will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Cardinals-Reds game Thursday night (June 4) at Busch Stadium.
“I am a big baseball fan and I love the Cards,” said Lawler.
When he takes the mound, Lawler, a converted southpaw, will throw right-handed.
Lawler will be delivering hard pitches with both hands — and legs — this Saturday night when he faces Jake Shields in the main event of STRIKEFORCE’s eagerly anticipated MMA fight card at the Scottrade Center . Both Lawler (middleweight) and Shields (welterweight) are ranked among the very best in the world in their respective weight classes. They will clash at a catch weight of 182 pounds.
The highly anticipated Lawler-Shields matchup will highlight an 11-fight card in the biggest, most significant MMA event in the history of the Gateway City .
Tickets, starting at $30, are on sale at the Scottrade Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations (800-745-3000), Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and Strikeforce’s official website (www.strikeforce.com). Doors at the Scottrade Center will open at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. The first non-televised preliminary bout will begin at 6:45 p.m.
A six-bout undercard featuring a top match between Rafael Feijao and Mike Kyle will also include local stars Jesse Finney and Tyron Woodley. It will precede a five-fight telecast on SHOWTIME (10 p.m., ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
In televised fights on SHOWTIME (besides Lawler-Shields): trash-talking, knockout artist Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni will face crowd-pleasing, aggressive-minded Joe ” Diesel” Riggs in a welterweight scrap, Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski, a former UFC champion, will take on undefeated, hard-hitting Brett “The Grim” Rogers in an Affliction sponsored heavyweight bout, exciting, power-punching Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith will meet talented, Cesar Gracie black belt Nick Diaz and two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion Kevin Randleman will thrown down with Mike Whitehead in a light heavyweight matchup.