Robbie Lawler, seven other fighters suspended

Eight fighters, including top contender Robbie Lawler, have been suspended following Saturday night’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” writes Nate Lawson of

The California State Athletic Commission released the medical suspensions stemming from “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg” on Monday. Seven fighters were suspended, including Robbie Lawler.

Robbie Lawler, who was submitted by Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, was suspended for 180 days with 180 days no contact until cleared by physician for a possible fracture to his left foot. Scott Carson, who was defeated by Hershel Walker via technical knockout, was suspended for 45 days with 30 days no contact. He needs a new physical to be cleared in California.

Nate Moore has been suspended for 180 days with 180 days no contact or until cleared by physician for possible fracture on his right wrist and right hand. Also, Nathan Coy, who was brutally knocked out on the evening’s preliminary card, has been suspended indefinitely and must be cleared by a doctor. Still, a 90-day suspension awaits him regardless of a doctor’s clearance.

Four other fighters were also suspended, including Eric Lawson (60 days), Stephanie Webber (45 days), Lucas Gamaza (45 days), and Charlene Gellner (45 days).

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Saturday MMA Review: 6/13

Here’s a weekly rundown of MMA content from Ben Goldstein of

– Jake Shields choked out Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz dominated Scott Smith, and Brett Rogers scored a 22-second KO over Andrei Arlovski at the Strikeforce show last Saturday. Afterwards, Rogers shared his feelings about Kimbo Slice and Nick Diaz humiliated a reporter.

– A day later, the WEC one-upped Strikeforce by putting on one of the greatest cards of the year, highlighted by Mike Brown’s five-round war with Urijah Faber, Jose Aldo’s latest highlight-reel finish, and possibly the last appearance of Jens Pulver. If only the fighters got paid what they’re worth

– Team U.K. swept the lightweight bracket on Wednesday’s episode of the Ultimate Fighter; Andre Winner and Ross Pearson will throw down at next Saturday’s finale show on Spike.

– The upcoming title fight between Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos will be contested at 145 pounds. Cross your fingers.

– EA is prepping its own MMA video game to compete with “UFC Undisputed.” Can they succeed without the involvement of MMA’s most powerful brand?

– We looked back at MMA’s first superstars.

– Wanderlei Silva explained to us how life was like a bicycle.

– UFC 99 goes down today [Saturday] in Cologne, Germany, starting at 3 p.m. ET. Swing by for our liveblog, and get familiar with some of the storylines here.

MMA Preview: Strikeforce & WEC

This weekend Mixed Martial Arts has two solid shows taking place outside of the UFC label. It begins Saturday on Showtime at 10 p.m. with Strikeforce presenting a strong card of recognizable fighters, a few of which are still considered among the best in the world. On Sunday, the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) takes center state with WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2, which is highlighted by the Featherweight championship (145 lbs) rematch of champion Mike Thomas Brown against former champion Urijah Faber. That show will air on Versus at 9 p.m.

Here is a quick breakdown of the feature fights and my predictions for both shows:

Strikeforce at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

– Kevin Randleman (17-12) vs. Mike Whitehead (23-6) Light-Heavyweight (205lbs): Kevin Randleman was a giant in the MMA world in the late 90’s and in the beginning of the 2000’s, but now Randleman is finding himself in the same position as many of the giants in those days like Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie, where the sport has passed him bye. Loser of five of his last seven fights, Randleman needs a win over UFC veteran Mike Whitehead, who has won 13 of his last 14 and has looked good since his move down to light-heavyweight (205 lbs). I like Whitehead by decision or TKO from ground-and-pound on a tired Randleman.

– Joe Riggs (29-10) vs. Phil Baroni (13-10) Middleweight (185lbs): Phil Baroni and Joe Riggs are classic examples of two fighters that had worlds of potential and never tapped into it. Both men have tremendous power, but both are notorious for their lack of endurance as fights move on. Baroni tries to throw all his power in each punch which limits him later on and Riggs has a suspect chin that has caused quick knockout losses. If Baroni has truly improved his training, I see him winning this one as Riggs is the mentally weaker fighter. I take Baroni by TKO late in round one.

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