While the bout hasn’t been announced officially, Noke confirmed both parties had agreed to face off at the August 14 event through his Twitter account.
The 19-4-1 Aussie has finished all three of the opponents he’s encountered since joining the world’s foremost MMA promotion last year including an opening round submission of Chris Camozzi in his most recent outing at UFC 127. Noke has gone 8-1-1 in his last ten fights including five straight wins and a draw against dynamic Bellator middleweight title-holder Hector Lombard.
His opponent, Lawlor, may be known for his antics outside the ring as much as his performances in it but has racked up victories over Kyle Kingsbury, C.B. Dollaway, and Patrick Cote though he hasn’t fought since October. Five of his seven total wins have been the result of a finish with three submissions and a pair of TKOs.
UFC Live 5 is headlined by a battle of highly-touted lightweights, as submission specialist Jim Miller takes on former WEC champ Ben Henderson, and also features a number of other intriguing match-ups including Chris Lytle vs. Dan Hardy, Eddie Wineland vs. Joseph Benavidez, and Duane Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah.
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