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Stand and Bang Alert: Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler Likely For Strikeforce – Miami

(These two guys could be brothers. Brothers with very different attitudes toward tanning.)

What do you do if you’re Strikeforce and you’ve just signed one of the most terrifyingly aggressive strikers of the modern era?  If you’re smart, you toss him against another heavy-hitter right off the bat and see whose head is still on their shoulders afterwards.  That seems to be the plan with new Strikeforce signee Melvin Manhoef, who will reportedly be taking on Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce’s Miami event on January 30.  There’s no official confirmation from Strikeforce on this just yet, but we know that they do owe Lawler a fight after he got shafted out of his chance to beat up Trevor Prangley in December, and Manhoef barely had a chance to break a sweat when he popped Kazuo Misaki at Dynamite!! on New Year’s Eve.

In fact, Manhoef was asked about the possibility of facing Lawler at his post-fight press conference in Tokyo, and he seemed game even if he didn’t appear to know too much about Lawler.  Said the Dutch striker:

"I don’t know if Robbie’s a…I heard he’s a banger, and not a grappler.  So, you know, maybe I don’t have to go on the ground.  We can do what we do the best.  I hope so."

Melvin, something tells us you’re about to get your wish.  While Lawler is known as a KO artist, he probably possesses the grappling skills to submit the notoriously submittable Manhoef should he choose to do so.  But if there’s one thing we know about Robbie it’s that he’s not one to shy away from a brawl, even when it might be the prudent decision.

Odds are, these two are going to play "Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em Robots" in the middle of the cage, and eventually somebody is going to fall down.  Our only question to you is, who will that somebody be?

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WeTheCecilPeoples- January 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm
If Lawler stands with Manhoef I think he's done for, he loses that punching power contest. That said, I think if he elects to shoot for the takedown on a guy who gave up training ground a year ago (think Koscheck with no god-given ability), the inevitable will happen.
Also, I enjoy Manhoef's fashion choice, just like I enjoy Rua's booty shorts, Vera's thai shorts, and Belcher's sweet number (from his last fight)- the more variety in dress means the closer the cage comes to looking like the kumate from Blood Sport. I cannot wait for some HW to sport harley davidson sweatpants much like Jackson did.
mybongsnameisgreenmeenie- January 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm
manhoef must be penecostal
MediumRare- January 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm
Melvin Manhoef: heaviest hitter of any middleweight in MMA history

Robbie Lawler: about to get man-raped in center ring by a far superior striker
you just got pieced up homey- January 5, 2010 at 11:52 am
I think Melvin will definitely put a hurting on Lawler on the feet. The guy is a muy thai beast and has death in his hands and feet. I agree Lawler's best chance is his wrestling and getting it to the ground where Melvin isn't as dominant. I think this definitely has potential for some highlight reel footage. Sorry Robbie but I'm pulling for Melvin on this one.
Get Off Me- January 5, 2010 at 11:22 am
a few is three, Robbie will try to get this to the ground early as I had said, but nonetheless I would like to see three rounds of stand-up if Lawler can last that long.
If Robbie gets it to the ground like I believe he will try to do once he feels Manhoef's striking power, I believe Robbie may win by a decision/submission(hpefully the latter) but it would be nice to see them go for it on the feet.....for a few rounds :)
skeletor- January 5, 2010 at 10:49 am
He did quit because of leg kicks from Pete Spratt, I forgot all about that
exes.for.iballs- January 5, 2010 at 10:43 am
steampunk22- January 5, 2010 at 10:29 am

Oh yeah?

Lawler, by upkick, from his stomach. You heard it here first.
exes.for.iballs- January 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

He already fought gegard and gegard upkicked him in the face and triangle choked him ala Ivan salivarry v. Joe Riggs. That's why I said lawler by upkick from his back.

exes.for.iballs- January 5, 2010 at 10:18 am
Lawler by up upkick from his back.
Robocop Didnt Tap- January 5, 2010 at 10:18 am
To hell with the fight, the real betting should be on whether Melvin passes a drug test. I put the odds at +250 to start with.
Forrest44- January 5, 2010 at 10:16 am
Does anyone honestly think that Lawler has a legit chance at winning this fight? If he's not KTFO in the first round his legs will be turned into pulp from Melvin's murderous kicks half way through the second rendering any take down attempt by Lawler useless....
NinJay- January 5, 2010 at 10:15 am
@ Get off Me

For a few rounds?? It will only be a 3 round fight so If Robbie wants to get this to the ground he better do it ASAP.


I thought the exact same thing. We might have our first MMA murder. Every time I think of Lawler being a "banger" I think back to that fight he had with Diaz in the UFC. Robbie was little Mike Tyson, remember. Then a straight right from an off balance fight ala Petruzelli and he goes stiff and tries to head bunt the mat.

Melvin vs Gegard!!!! Then I will be entertained.

By the way Showtime ALMOST has me calling my cable company to get the channel. Their evil plan is working quite well.
steampunk22- January 5, 2010 at 9:58 am
I want Manhoef to win this, but only if he jumps on the top of the fence in his little dress and inquires to the audience; "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!?!?!?!"
2gq4u- January 5, 2010 at 9:53 am
Melvin vs Smith would be a more interesting fight.
Lawler takes this easily, as much as I love Melvin and it hurts me to say it.
shitbag- January 5, 2010 at 9:38 am
Why would Lawler ever take this fight? He's going to get get killed. Like actually murdered.

Welp, I'll look forward to Matt Hughes blog where he tells how his boy Robbie was murdered by some savage heathen Negro.
macreadysshack- January 5, 2010 at 9:30 am
Lawler's gonna get ktfo'd. Manhoef is too fast and powerful and Lawler thinks he's God's gift to striking. Ktfo - round 1.
Get Off Me- January 5, 2010 at 9:26 am
Robbie is going to try to get this on the ground once he feels Manhoef's heat. I am looking forward to this fight and hope it stays standing for a few rounds. Miami event is looking good.
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SiDeBuRnZ- January 5, 2010 at 9:24 am
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skeletor- January 5, 2010 at 9:24 am
Manhoef will probably knock him out but it should be a fucking battle until then. I'm still going to root for Lawler though.
intercept440- January 5, 2010 at 9:22 am
Melvin Says "Bow down to my man dress Robbie Lawler"
Dante- January 5, 2010 at 9:20 am
Manhoef FTW