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Lawler gets an opponent for Strikeforce LA

Yesterday, we told you about Strikeforce's Los Angeles card featuring Robbie Lawler, Bobby Lashley and KJ Noons in June.

Today, Strikeforce announced Lawler's opponent: Renato "Babalu" Sobral.

They'll meet at a catchweight of 195 pounds.

For recent MMA fans who are not yet familiar with Sobral, here's a quick rundown:

- His last fight was Dec. 19, 2009, where he lost the Strikeforce light heavyweight title to Gegard Mousasi.

- Once beat Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Jeremy Horn and Trevor Prangely on the same night (Sept. 6, 2003).

- He's 35-8 in a career that includes fights in UFC, Affliction, Strikeforce and other promotions.

- Lost twice to Chuck Liddell, and once each to Dan Henderson, Fedor Emelianenko and Mousasi.

- Holds a win over top UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen.

- Was on a five-fight win streak before the loss to Mousasi.


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