28-year old middleweight fighter Robbie Lawler is scheduled to take on fellow MMA veteran Matt Lindland early next month at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu. The H.I.T. Squad team member will be looking to rebound from a disappointing June loss to Renato “Babalu” Sobral and recently told MMAFighting.com that he plans to show up an all-around better fighter against Lindland.
“It was pretty disappointing,” Lawler said. “When you leave it up to the judges, it’s always on you. You can always go back and say, ‘Yeah, it was close,’ or whatever. But if you leave it up to the judges, if you don’t finish – obviously, I didn’t do enough in their eyes to win the fight. But I’ll be in better shape, I’ll be throwing more combos, I’ll just be a better fighter this time around. I’ll be faster, I’ll be stronger – I’ve been working really hard.”
Lawler told MMAFighting that he respects Lindland as an opponent and that he doesn’t expect the Olympic wrestler to only focus on takedowns.
“He’s a professional – he’s been fighting for a long time and he’s not just looking to go in there and out-wrestle me the whole time, I believe,” he said. “I think he’s going to go out there and be smart, throw some punches and look to clinch. But I don’t think he’ll be in any hurry to take me down. He’ll take his time, and when the opportunity presents itself I think he’ll look to close the distance and then take me down. But I don’t think he’s too worried – he’s trained hard, and he’ll be ready.”
Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu is going down on December 4th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and will feature a main event bout between Dan Henderson and Renato “Babalu” Sobral.