Strikeforce: Los Angeles

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Strikeforce: Los Angeles
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The poster for Strikeforce: Los Angeles.
Promotion Strikeforce
Date June 16, 2010
Venue Nokia Theatre
City Los Angeles, California, United States
Attendance 5,259[1]
Total gate $418,000[1]
Event chronology
Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery Strikeforce: Los Angeles Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum

Strikeforce: Los Angeles, was a mixed martial arts held by Strikeforce. The event took place on June 16, 2010 at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.[2]


The card took place on a Wednesday and coincided with the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, “The June 16 card will include some top-heavy main-event fighters, as well as some standout ‘Challenger’ prospects.”[3]

Jason Miller was targeted as Robbie Lawler's opponent for this event. However, Strikeforce officials believe the Tennessee Athletic Commission will have Miller suspended, so Renato Sobral ended up being Lawler's opponent in a 195-lb Catchweight bout.

Bobby Lashley was set to face Ron Sparks on this card, however, Lashley dropped out after injuring his knee in training.[4]

Charles Bennett was set to have a rematch against KJ Noons but Bennett was forced to pull out for an undisclosed reason. He was replaced by Conor Heun.[5]

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed in an interview on June 9, 2010 that the winner of the Robbie Lawler vs. Renato Sobral fight would get a title shot in their respective division.[6] Sobral would fight Muhammed Lawal, or Lawler would fight Jake Shields, though he was later replaced by Ronaldo Souza in the proposed matchup after Shields signed with the UFC.[7] After winning the fight, Sobral announced that he wouldn't fight Lawal due to their friendship, and instead challenged Dan Henderson, who would defeat Sobral at Strikeforce: St. Louis on December 4, 2010 by TKO. The light heavyweight title shot would instead go to Rafael Cavalcante, who beat Lawal by TKO for the title at Strikeforce: Houston on August 21, 2010.

Strikeforce Challengers announcers Stephen Quadros and Pat Miletich handled commentary duties alongside Mauro Ranallo for this event, in lieu of the absent Gus Johnson & Frank Shamrock.[8]

The event drew an estimated 164,000 viewers, with a peak at 197,000 on Showtime.[9]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight (195 lb) Renato Sobral def. Robbie Lawler Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Evangelista Santos def. Marius Žaromskis TKO (head kick and punches) 1 2:38
Middleweight Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Prangley Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 3:35
Preliminary card
Catchweight (160 lb) K.J. Noons def. Conor Heun Decision (split) (27–30, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Hugo Sandoval def. Marcus Kowal TKO (strikes) 2 0:43
Catchweight (160 lb) Jeremy Umphries def. R.J. Clifford Technical submission (rear-naked choke) 2 2:27

Reported Payout[edit]

The following is a list of fighter salaries as provided by the California State Athletic Commission. The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can often be a substantial portion of a fighter's income.[10]

  • Renato "Babalu" Sobral: $100,000 (no win bonus) def. Robbie Lawler: $85,000
  • Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos: $10,000 (no win bonus) def. Marius Zaramoskis: $5,000
  • Tim Kennedy: $30,000 (no win bonus) def. Trevor Prangley: $30,000
  • K.J. Noons: $25,000 (no win bonus) def. Conor Heun: $4,000
  • Jeremy Umphries: $1,500 (no win bonus) def. R.J. Clifford: $2000
  • Hugo Sandoval: $1,500 (no win bonus) def. Marcus Kowal: $1,000


See also[edit]