Middleweights Robbie Lawler and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will likely meet in the main event of a June 16 Strikeforce event at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles that coincides with the annual E3 video game conference, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told the LA Times on Friday.
145-pound women’s champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and undefeated heavyweight Bobby Lashley are also expected to be in action on the card, which will air on Showtime.
Lawler (19-5) rebounded from a June loss to Strikeforce champ Jake Shields with a first-round knockout of Melvin Mahoef in January, while Miller returns to action against Tim Stout at “Strikeforce: Nashville” on April 24 following his November loss to Shields.
“Cyborg” (9-1), who had been expected to return to action at a planned June 26 event, won the title with a first-round knockout of Gina Carano last August, then retained the belt in January with a third-round TKO of Marloes Coenen.
After nasal surgery forced him off this month’s “Nashville” card, Lashley (5-0) had been expected to fight at “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery” in May, but will instead look to remain unbeaten in June. The former WWE star scored a first-round TKO of Wes Sims in his most-recent fight in January.
“Heavy Artillery” on May 15 in St. Louis is headlined by heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem’s first title defense vs. challenger Brett Rogers, while the June 26 is expected to feature the return of top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum.
Pictured: Robbie Lawler