When Dana White first expressed an interest in seeing Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald battle, the consensus response throughout the MMA world seemed to be ‘sounds good’. Now it appears the bout is pretty much set.
According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, Lawler and MacDonald have verbally agreed to fight, November 16th at UFC 167. Yes, that’s the same night Johny Hendricks will challenge welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who is also MacDonald’s buddy and teammate.
Now, the bout hasn’t been officially confirmed, but considering White repeated recently they hoped to sign it, November 16th would make a lot of sense.
Talk of MacDonald fighting Lawler surfaced after “Ares” scored a UD win over Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 8, which was widely panned by critics (and White) for not featuring enough action. Lawler also fought that night and knocked out Bobby Voelker in the second round.
Although lots of fans weren’t thrilled with the fight, MacDonald (15-1) recorded his fifth straight win by defeating Ellenbeger, and currently holds down the #3 ranking.
Lawler (21-9) returned to the UFC in February and stopped longtime contender Josh Koscheck in the opening round. The powerful welterweight is currently is ranked #9.
So, that’s a pretty sweet addition to UFC 167, if indeed, the fight gets signed for the card. The event will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the main card will be available via pay-per-view.
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