Sunday, January 23, 2022

“Mayhem” Miller Getting A Raw Deal?

By JOHN SPECHT
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Looks like Mayhem Miller is going to be the fall guy for the now famous post Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields melee involving the Diaz brothers and Gilbert Melendez. Miller was scheduled to fight Robbie Lawler, which would of been a great fight, but now Lawler will be taking on Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Obviously Scott Coker felt like he had to make a bold move to save some face in the media and public eye.

Renato Sobral and Robbie Lawler are going in different directions career wise as they prepare to meet each other. Babalu has always battled “out of the cage issues”, while Lawler has really come on strong in the last few years after looking like he was on his way down after back to back losses to Nick Diaz and Evan Tanner.

Lawler is 17-5 and trying to win his 7th fight in his last 8. In his favor, this fight is coming on the heels of his gutsy “come from behind” win over Melvin Manhoef on the Strikeforce:Miami card. His last two losses on his record were ironically enough, Jason Miller and Jake Shields.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told sources that “Miller's participation on the card was unlikely due to a post-event brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville that erupted after Miller called out the promotion's middleweight champion, Jake Shields.” We all saw what happened after that.

Sobral will meet Miller's original opponent, Robbie Lawler, at a catch weight of 195 lbs, and has all the makings for a great fight. Two heavy handed guys that won't go away without giving everything they have.

Babalu said he has recenty returned to his training schedule after focusing on what he described as “family duties.” He has not fought since he lost his 205-pound belt to Gegard Mousasi in a sixty-second knockout loss at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” this past August, who in turn recently lost the belt to “King Mo” Lawal, and will be trying for his 6th win in his last 7 fights.

Strikeforce: Los Angeles takes place June 16 at the Nokia Theatre. Strikeforce needs a strong showing after all the negative PR received after the last broadcast, even though it was otherwise a good night of fights for the promotion.

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