Robbie Lawler (16-4) might not go ahead with his plan to take a personal time off from the cage for the remainder of the year. Following his win over Scott Smith in July, he  said he intended to take a break but now MMA fans will likely see “Ruthless” in action again as soon as November.

There have been reports that Lawler will face off again with Joey Villasenor (26-6) for EliteXC event slated for November 8. Same reports say the bout is “pretty much a done deal.” The card will broadcast on Showtime cable network.

EliteXC Vice-President Jared Shaw’s has hinted of the possible rematch with his recent interview.

“Joe [Villasenor] will definitely be appearing sometime in the fall,” Shaw said. “And he’s definitely in line for a world title shot.”

Villasenor is currently riding on a three-win streak but he still has to get his revenge on Lawler. Villasenor was knocked out by Lawler via a flying knee at PRIDE 32 Real Deal on October 2006. The 6-foot Albuquerque native says he’s looking forward for the chance to fight it out again with Lawler.

“[Lawler] caught me with his first right, he dazed me, and the rest is history,” Villasenor said. “Ever since that night I think about it and him all the time. … I would really like the opportunity to compete against him again.”

The opportunity to fight in his hometown has been lost when EliteXC’s card was cancelled. Said card was supposed to take place on Sept. 20 in New Mexico. But it looks like it’s a scenario of opportunity lost and opportunity gained for Villasenor as he has now the chance to grapple the title from Lawler.

The bout will be Lawler’s third title defense in less than six months. Lawler, currently WAMMA’s fifth-ranked middleweight, is holding on to the title with tenacity as this bout will be Lawler’s third title defense in less than six months. Lawler’s record now shows a five-bout winning streak.

Also a note, a lot of EliteXC athletes have tested positive for anabolic steroids, so don’t be suprised to see the november even full of steroid accusations.   MMA’s Antonio Silva disproves steroid use