Jake Shields

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As it turns out, Jake Shields won’t be fighting Joe Riggs on April 11. Instead, he will be headlining Strikeforce’s second Showtime card in May against Robbie Lawler.

The announcement was made earlier today at a Strikeforce press conference in Hollywood, California.

A bout between former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields (22-4-1) and former EliteXC middleweight title-holder Robbie Lawler (16-4) will headline Strikeforce’s May show, company officials today announced at a press conference in Los Angeles.

Shields told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fight will take place at a catch-weight of 182 pounds.

No date or location has been confirmed for the May event, though the show is expected to take place in or near Seattle. An announcement is expected soon.

Even at a catchweight, I don’t know about this fight for Shields. Jake had a tough time getting Paul Daley to the ground last year, so I’m not really sure how he’s going to accomplish that against Lawler, who should still have a significant size advantage. I have a feeling this one isn’t going to end pretty for Shields.

Nevertheless, in terms of marketability, it seems like a solid fight to headline a Showtime event. Both fighters were heavily featured on CBS last year, and should be recognizable enough to draw a strong numbers.

With Shields now competing in May, Strikeforce announced that Phil Baroni will step in take on Riggs instead. Also, Brett Rogers was announced for the April event. His opponent will announced at a later date.