Middleweight Robbie Lawler (19-8) continued the trend of proven Strikeforce veterans obliterating the best prospects coming from the Strikeforce Challengers series by crushing Adlan Amagov (9-2-1) at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine in the first round. Lawler came back from a break necessitated by an illegal knee thrown by Amagov to drop the Russian with a flying knee. He quickly followed up with some cruel ground and pound for the referee stoppage.
Lawler, who lost two fights and won none in 2011, needed to get back on the win column. Despite his losses to Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Lawler could be in the title hunt with just one more win. That's more a commentary on the thin Strikeforce middleweight division than it is on Lawler's merits.
With KO power in both hands and both knees, Lawler is a threat to beat anyone in the division.
Amagov will be back to the drawing board after the loss. He didn't look completely outclassed for most of the fight, but it's going to be remembered as a one-sided beat down.