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Matt Lindland Plans To Prove He’s A Top Contender This Saturday

Thirteen year mixed martial arts veteran Matt “The Law” Lindland is scheduled to appear back in the cage this Saturday against “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II. Speaking during the conference call in promotion of the bout, the 40-year old former Olympian discussed the bout’s importance and speculated where a win over Lawler would put him in the middleweight rankings.

“I think all fights have the same amount of pressure. You’re fighting top guys every time out, so all fights are important,” Lindland said. “It’s also not necessarily who wins and who loses. It’s also about exciting performances. I think this fight will come down to whoever can impose his will. If I had my way, I’d put Robbie on his back and pound a hole in his head, and I’m sure he’d like to keep it on the feet and put me to sleep.”

Though he is 1-2 in his last three bouts–most recently rebounding from back-to-back defeats to Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza with a win over Kevin Casey–Lindland believes that a victory over Lawler (who has also gone 1-2 in his last three) will secure him a spot in the top ten.

“I think I’m still one of the top contenders,” Lindland said. “I lost to ‘Jacare,’ who is the champion, and I think this is a great path back to title contention. A win against Robbie solidifies me in the top 10. My loss to Vitor — lots of guys get caught trading with Vitor. My two losses are to two of the best. There were guys turning down fights with them. I’ve always stepped up and taken on top guys, and now I’m getting a chance to fight another top-level guy.”

Lawler and Lindland will square off at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 this Saturday, which is going down at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The main card will air live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).