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LAWLER vs. SANTIAGO rumored by me

There were some rumors floating around the interwebs that Robbie Lawler was going to be added to the April 11th Strikeforce card. This defied common sense   (as does see-through underwear, War Machine, Crocs, and religion) since Strikeforce is going to have other cards to fill and Lawler is clear main event material. Strikeforce would be punching itself in the lovenuggets on a future event by booking Lawler on the undercard of Shamrock vs. Diaz.

Now it looks like Lawler will instead headline a May event scheduled to take place in Seattle. Although no opponent has been locked down, I am officially starting the rumor that Jorge Santiago will be Lawler’s opponent. Not only would this be a fucking badass fight between two top quality dudes who like to bang it out, but it makes sense simply by process of elimination.

Frank Shamrock would be a solid opponent but he’ll be too busy messing up Nick Diaz’s face more than God already has. Lawler vs. Cung Le would be kickass but it looks like Cung is too busy appearing in movies like Too Fast To Back Down While Furiously Wearing My Redbelt In Da Streetz so he wouldn’t be available. Other relevant middleweights not signed to Zuffa include Gerard Mousasi, Vitor Belfort, Kazuo Misaki, Frank Trigg, and Melvin Manhoef. Mousasi would make sense but it looks like he’ll be moving up in weight for his next fight. Belfort would be a perfect opponent but Affliction will likely want to stick him on their third show in July, if that actually takes place. Misaki recent loss to Santiago sets him back a bit. Trigg is dropping to welterweight so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him booked against Jake Shields sometime in the summer, but that means he won’t be fighting Lawler. Manhoef is more than happy staying in Japan for the immediate future.

Then you have Jorge Santiago. I wrote an article at Bloody Elbow a few months ago where I figuratively put Santiago’s balls in my mouth and I stand by that sentiment today in a totally not gay way. The guy’s fight record tells an outstanding comeback story. He went 1-2 in the UFC, suffering KO losses to Alan Belcher and Chris Leben. Despite such a huge setback, Santiago stepped up his game and is currently on a nine fight win streak, with ALL WINS VIA STOPPAGE. Jeremy Horn, Trevor Prangley, Kazuhiro Nakamura, and Misaki are just a few of his victims along this path of destruction.

I have no idea what Santiago’s contract situation with Sengoku is but I do know that Scott Coker has a good relationship with the Japanese promoters — I heard he once gave the president of DREAM a foot rub. Either way, Jorge Santiago makes more sense than anyone else as an opponent for ‘Ruthless’ Robbie. The winner of that fight would have a strong argument for being the number two middleweight in the world. The potential bout between the winner and Cung Le would be a MEGA fight for Strikeforce — I’m talking a CBS main event situation.