It was supposed to be Luke Rockhold facing Matt Lindland on December 4th at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu live from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
However, an injury suffered during training soon left "The Law" without a fight for the Showtime-based promotion's first show in the Show Me State since "Heavy Artillery" this past spring.
Enter Robbie Lawler.
FanHouse MMA reported yesterday that The Ruthless One, fresh off a loss to headliner Renato "Babalu" Sobral in Los Angeles, will be filling in for Rockhold to face off against Lindland.
The UFC Middleweight veterans will meet for the first time ever in an MMA cage, but while Lawler will be coming off a loss, Lindland will be seeing action on the main card following a win over Kevin Casey at Strikeforce Challengers 8.
Though classified as a boxer and submission fighter, only one win in Lawler's career—a 2005 win by arm bar in the King Of The Cage promotion—has come by submission, while the majority of Lawler's wins have come by some form of knockout.
Only two of Lawler's wins have come by way of the judges' decision.
Contrast that with the eight wins by KO/TKO, seven submission wins, six decision wins, and the win over Ricardo Almeida by disqualification, and you might think that the experience of Lindland might be much for Lawler, but don't count out a former EliteXC Middleweight Champion—especially one that trains with the H.I.T. Squad headed by Matt Hughes.
Granted, nobody who trains with Team Quest could be easy to overlook, but Lawler has been known to be as unpredictable as he is explosive when it comes to his striking.
As tough to time as a strike from Lawler usually is, a takedown and a good offense from a Greco-Roman and collegiate wrestler the caliber of "The Law" is equally tough to predict, as Lindland can come with both at any time during the fight and use his wrestling to neutralize any strengths that Lawler would normally show on the ground.
Lawler will fight "The Law" on December 4th in St. Louis, but the question is will "The Law" win again?