Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman will make his promotional debut against Mike Whitehead at Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz made Sherdog.com aware of the matchup on Thursday.

The talented but oft-injured Randleman (17-12) has fought only twice since 2005. The 37-year-old last appeared at Sengoku “Second Battle” in May 2008, when he defeated Ryo Kawamura by unanimous decision. A two-time national champion wrestler at Ohio State University, Randleman was inducted into the OSU Hall of Fame in 2004. The recently married father of two has lost seven of his past 10 fights but holds victories against Pedro Rizzo, 2006 Pride Open Weight Grand Prix winner Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and reigning Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Randleman has not fought on American soil since he submitted to a Mauricio “Shogun” Rua kneebar at Pride 32 in October 2006.

Whitehead (23-6), meanwhile, has posted 14 wins in 15 fights dating back to his unanimous decision loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 57. The 27-year-old last appeared in October, when he submitted Leo Pla with a first-round guillotine choke at an M-1 Challenge event. He counts victories against Ben Rothwell, Mark Kerr and Krzysztof Soszynski among his 23 career conquests. Whitehead has never been submitted and has not been finished since his technical knockout loss to Brandon Vera at WEC 13 in January 2005.

A catchweight bout pairing former EliteXC champions Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields will headline the June 6 show, which will be carried live on Showtime. UFC veterans Nick Diaz and Scott Smith are also scheduled to collide.

Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields
Saturday, June 6
Scottrade Center
St. Louis

Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields
Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith
Kevin Randleman vs. Mike Whitehead
Phil Baroni vs. Joe Riggs
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Jared Hamman
Jesse Finney vs. Josh Baumgartner
Tyron Woodley vs. Sal Woods
Scott Ventimiglia vs. Lucas Lopes
Pat Benson vs. Dave Lehr Cochran
Booker DeRousse vs. James Wade

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Bellator 135 preview: Ryan Couture, son of a UFC legend, looks to make his own name in MMA

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

Former Strikeforce and UFC fighter Ryan Couture is currently working his way up Bellator's lightweight rankings after a successful debut last September. The next challenge ahead is Dakota Cochrane on read news >>

Scotland’s Steven Ray Signs With UFC And Replaces Jason Saggo In Krakow

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 views

Steven “Braveheart” Ray to make UFC debut in Krakow on April 11 against Marcin Brandel read news >>

UFC Fight Night 64 predictions, preview, and analysis

  • 9 days ago
  • 14 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will make its debut in Poland tomorrow afternoon (Sat., April 11, 2015) with UFC Fight Night 64: "Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2," headlined by a couple of past-their-prim read news >>

With Rampage Jackson out, Steve Bosse to make debut against Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186

  • 8 days ago
  • 16 views

Well that is an interesting replacement... With a court ruling pulling Quinton Jackson from the scheduled UFC 186 pay-per-view (PPV) on Sat., April 25, 2015 from inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Q read news >>

UFC Fight Night 64 Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Mirko Cro Cop full fight video preview

  • 8 days ago
  • 140 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will make its debut in Poland later today (Sat., April 11, 2015) from inside the Krakow Arena with UFC Fight Night 64, headlined by the heavyweight rematch betwee read news >>

UFC Fight Night 64 Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz full fight video preview

  • 8 days ago
  • 85 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will make its debut in Poland later today (Sat., April 11, 2015) from inside the Krakow Arena with UFC Fight Night 64, featuring a light heavyweight co-main event read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Maia vs LaFlare' main card winners in Brazil

  • 28 days ago
  • 23 views

After an enjoyable UFC Fight Night 62: "Maia vs LaFlare" event, MMAmania.com ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last Saturday night (March 21, 2015) on FOX Sports read news >>

UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare results - Fights to make for main card winners

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare is in the books and so is the UFC's March schedule. So what's next for the main card winners from last night's show in Rio? Mookie Alexander plays fantasy matchmaker read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers

  • 27 days ago
  • 22 views

At 37 years old, Demian Maia is still in the hunt for a second shot at a UFC championship. On Saturday, the Brazilian cruised to a victory over the up-and-coming Ryan LaFlare in the UFC Fight Night 6 read news >>