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Red ink: Shields-Lawler

Updated: June 5, 2009, 2:45 PM ET
By Jake Rossen

Jake Shields deserves additional respect this weekend. Not only is he climbing into a cage for a prizefight, he'll be doing it against a slab of concrete in Robbie Lawler.

Lawler, only 27, made his pro debut nine years ago. He has grown up in the sport, is big and getting bigger. He hits hard enough to be the only guy in Frank Trigg's 12-year career to knock him out. If Shields can't get him down, he's in for a long night.

What it means: For Shields, a chance ...

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