Although everything appeared set for a bout between No. 4-ranked welterweight
The change was first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com, indicating that Shields might instead face middleweight fighter
MMAWeekly.com later confirmed with sources close to the bout that current Strikeforce plans are to pit
The bout was then confirmed at a Strikeforce press conference on Thursday in Hollywood, Calif. Although Lawler started his career in the welterweight class, the bout will be contested in the middleweight division. It will not be a title fight.
Shields has stated in the past that he would welcome a jump up to fight in the middleweight division. He told MMAWeekly.com back in October that both
After his attempts to face Lindland under the Affliction banner were quashed by by EliteXC, Shields ended up facing former Cage Rage champion
Lawler, also one of the fighters that has been in post-EliteXC exile, hasn't seen action since last July, when he defeated
Both Lawler and Shields were champions in the EliteXC organization. Lawler held the middleweight title, while Shields reigned as welterweight champion.
Strikeforce officials were unclear at the time of publication whether or not Riggs would remain on the April 11 fight card.
-Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields