by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Jason Lambert and Wilson Gouveia were originally set to face off at UFC 76 in September of last year, but the bout was postponed after Gouveia suffered a broken nose in training. At UFC 80, the two will finally meet in the Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in a light heavyweight match-up that Lambert predicts won’t go to a decision.
“I’m feeling great, just really looking forward to getting back in there and competing,” Lambert told MMAWeekly.
It’s been ten months since Lambert has competed. Fans last saw him at UFC 68 in March of 2007 defeating Renato “Babalu” Sobral by TKO.
Questioned about the layoff, he said, “I’ve obviously been chomping at the bit. I want to get back in there, but I’ve also been training. We’ve got so many guys competing that I’ve been in the gym helping all those guys get ready. I’ve been training all year round.
“I was actually looking to take a little bit of time off because my UFC debut was in March of 2006 and my Babalu fight was in March of 2007. So I fought five times, March to March in the UFC, which is pretty busy. I was looking to get a little bit of time off, and a little bit of time turned into a lot of time.”
He added, “I was wondering what was going on. I was waiting to hear back from them. They weren’t sure what they were going to do. By the time they got back to me, it was Gouveia again.”
Having prepared twice for each other, Lambert and Gouveia are very familiar with each other. Asked about his opponent, Lambert commented, “I think Wilson is a great fighter and I think it’s actually going to be a really good match up.
“He’s a well rounded guy. I have to pick some of the things we’ve got implemented, otherwise he can end up giving me a heck of a time,” he admitted.
Having said that, Lambert expects to finish Gouveia. He said, “I’m coming to bring it. I’ve got that finishing style. I’m definitely going in there and look to finish. I don’t even want to go to the third round . . . I always want to finish the guy. I don’t ever want to just do enough to eek by and get a judges decision. I’m always looking for the finish.
“I’ve got some new things in my tool-bag and I definitely want to show them off. I haven’t stopped learning and I haven’t stopped improving, so I want to go out and make a big splash.”