The long-rumored matchup was announced during Friday’s Showtime broadcast of ShoXC “Reis vs. Cullum”, though a location for the event has not yet been announced.
Lawler, a UFC and PRIDE veteran, won the EliteXC title with a third-round technical knockout of Murilo “Ninja” Rua last September. After retaining the title by way of a no contest in his first bout with Scott Smith, Lawler successfully defended the title with a second-round TKO of Smith in July.
Following a 22-second knockout loss to Lawler at PRIDE 32, Villasenor has won four of his last five fights, losing only to former middleweight champion Rua over the span while earning victories over David Loiseau, Riki Fukuda, Ryan Jensen, and most-recently Phil Baroni.
The November 8th event is also slated to include Nick Diaz, Brett Rogers, and Rafael â€œFeijaoâ€ Cavalcante against opponents to-be-determined.