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Strikeforce Live Blog: Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef Updates

This is the live blog for Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef, a middleweight bout on tonight's Strikeforce: Miami card on Showtime.

Mike Tyson fan Lawler doesn't go for takedowns and Manhoef is a dangerous K-1 striker. This showdown has the makings for an exciting standup war.

The live blog begins below.

Round 1: No touch of gloves. Lawler circling left and is nearly backed to the cage. Lawler throws a jumping roundhouse left kick. Manhoef lands a kick and misses on his second. Manhoef stalks as Lawler continues to circle left. Lawler connects on a left punch. Manhoef lands a leg kick. Lawler covers up and Manhoef throws a combo. Manhoef works combos and Lawler is just covering up. Manhoef is hurting Lawler with leg kicks. Manhoef continues to pick away at Lawler. Manhoef lands an inside leg that throws Lawler off balance. Manhoef throws a lazy jab that he drops to his waist and Lawler finally responds, knocking out Manhoef with an overhand right!

The referee stopped the fight right away and it's a good thing. Manhoef was laid out with blood spilling down his face.

Lawler wins by KO - Round 1, 3:33

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