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Monte Cox Pushing for Robbie Lawler to Face Matt 'The Law' Lindland Next

Last week, Strikeforce CEO and founder Scott Coker told FanHouse that he wanted to book a middleweight match-up between Robbie Lawler and Ronaldo Souza for the organization's upcoming fall show, headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers. At the time, Coker mentioned that he had yet to talk to Lawler's agent, Monte Cox, about the fight.

Cox told FanHouse then that it was the first he heard about it, and that it didn't excite him all that much. On Monday, he flat out said he had no interest in making it happen.

"I'm not interested in that fight," Cox said. "I would rather fight [Matt] Lindland, someone who would stand up and show us what we can do."

The veteran Lindland is one of the newest members of Strikeforce's middleweight division. Coker also said that he would like to have "The Law" fight on the same fall card.

"I think Lindland is a great styles match-up for us," Cox said. "He's done a ton of stuff, he's always been ranked in the top-10. He's just a rugged, tough guy. But I think Robbie is better than him standing."

Both Lawler (16-5) and Lindland (21-6) are looking to rebound from disappointing losses. Lindland was knocked out by Vitor Belfort in just 37 seconds at Affliction: Day of Reckoning in January, while Lawler was submitted in the first round by Jake Shields in June.

One would think that Strikeforce will be announcing the date and location of this card, plus several of the other top fights, sooner rather than later. FanHouse recently learned that New Jersey is another state in consideration to host the event. The last major MMA event to take place in the Garden State was EliteXC's CBS debut in May 2008.

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