DWCS 2022 Week 7 Breakdown and Predictions

Jimmy Lawson, Dana White’s Contender Series 53 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

Heavyweight: Karl Williams Vs. Jimmy Lawson

Tale of the tape

Karl Williams
U.S. Virgin Islands (fighting out of Atlanta)
ATT Atlanta
Combined opponent’s record: 22-12
Jimmy Lawson
Manchester, New Jersey, US
Killer B Combat Sports
Combined opponent’s record: 15-11-1

Pros and Cons

Karl Williams


  • Strong wrestling
  • Physically strong
  • Active ground and pound
  • Solid cardio
  • Good right cross
  • Relentless pressure
  • Useful jab
  • Labored punches at times
  • Questionable head movement

Jimmy Lawson


  • Hits hard
  • Good leg kicks
  • Fast starter
  • Good straight right
  • Good wrestling


  • Reaches with his strikes
  • Slows as the fight goes
  • Suspect TDD
  • Stuck off his back

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Lawson
Speed: Lawson
Output/Volume: Williams
Kickboxing: Lawson
Striking defense: Even
Footwork/movement: Even
Wrestling: Williams
Grappling: Williams
More likely to finish on the mat: Even
Gas tank: Williams

Prediction: Lawson is a D1 wrestler out of Penn State. With that said, Williams has been the far more impressive wrestling in MMA at least.

Williams has the ability to just toss guys around and at a solid pace for three rounds. Williams may not have the credentialed wrestling of Lawson but Lawson has only landed one takedown in his MMA career. Lawson has been taken down himself and had looked lost off his back to way lesser guys than Williams.

It will be interesting to see if Williams will come out with his usual wrestle-heavy attack. I would imagine trying to ragdoll a stout high-level wrestler like Lawson is a tough task. It’s a tough one to predict. It’s either a quick Lawson knockout or he tires after round one and Williams takes over. The pick is Lawson because Williams is the one taking this on short notice. Lawson is the more dangerous striker and his takedown defense should be strong enough to find the early finish.

Note: With Kevin Szaflarski pulling out of the fight short notice, Karl Williams has stepped in against Lawson. Story has been updated to reflect.


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