(When Lawler said he’ll beat Lindland with his eyes closed, he was serious.)
2-3 in his last five outings, Lindland will be looking to avoid racking up any more brain trauma when he meets the dangerous knockout artist, Lawler, who has also only won two of his last five contests.
Two statistics worth noting are that Lawler has finished each of the six opponents he defeated in his past ten fights by KO or TKO and that four of his six losses have come by submission. Considering that Lindland has submitted a hanful of tough jiu-jitsu black belts including Travis Lutter, Carlos Newton and Fabio Leopoldo, the fight could be more competitive than it seems at first glance.
Lindland, who at 40 is 12 years older than Lawler, suffered one of the most disturbing knockouts in MMA history at the hands of Vitor Belfort in the Brazilian’s middleweight debut at Affliction: Day of Reckoning in January 2009 so things could get interesting when the pair meet in December.
Also on the card, which is shaping up nicely is a light heavyweight match-up between Dan Henderson and Renato "Babalu" Sobral and a guaranteed welterweight slugfest between New Strikeforce signee Paul "Semtex" Daley and Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith.