After Johny Hendricks defeated Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision to earn the UFC vacant welterweight title back in March at UFC 171, speculation immediately arose as to who would next challenge Hendricks for the belt.
When UFC commentator Joe Rogan was asked who should get the next shot at the welterweight title to end the UFC 171 broadcast, he answered Rory MacDonald.
The correct answer, of course, was Lawler, again. They will rematch in December at UFC 181.
But, it seems Rogan will get his wish, too.
Yesterday, Dana White explained to Canadian Press that the winner of the Hendricks vs. Lawler bout will face Rory MacDonald in February at a still-unnamed UFC event.
Notably, especially for the Kelowna, BC native MacDonald (who fights out of Montreal), the event will be staged in Canada.
“It’s pretty impossible to deny Rory that, whoever comes out of that Hendricks vs. Lawler fight, he’s the next guy in line,” White told CP. “Absolutely, positively, without a doubt, (the title fight will) be in Canada. He’s next in line and that fight will be in Canada.”
MacDonald lost a split decision to Lawler in a 2013 bout — a fight which represents MacDonald’s only defeat since 2010. He has since defeated several of the UFC’s top ranked welterweights, including a TKO victory over Tarec Saffiedine last weekend at UFC Fight Night Halifax.