UFC 167 is going to be a crazy night for the welterweight division, not only because Georges St. Pierre is set to take on Johny Hendricks, but because the champ’s training partner Rory MacDonald will fight Robbie Lawler.
Since MacDonald is the promotion’s #3 ranked welterweight, if he scores a big win that night and GSP retains the belt, things could get really interesting at Tristar. Yes, even if the two have said in the past they won’t fight.
While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here’s what MacDonald had to say about what’s on the line November 16th.
“If I continue to have exciting fights and dominant fights and winning, I think I’m very close [to a title shot],” MacDonald said. “It really depends on how the fights go.”
There was similar talk prior to MacDonald’s decision win over Jake Ellenberger in July, but because the lack luster fight was widely panned, MacDonald clearly understands he needs an impressive performance.
“There was a lot of criticism about [my most recent fight],” MacDonald said. “I’ve taken some advice to be a little more exciting, a little more aggressive and also balancing it with being a technical fighter, so there was a lot to learn from that fight.”
MacDonald-Lawler is a huge and compelling bout, particularly since is a “Ruthless” finisher and should push the 24 year-old throughout the fight.
UFC 167 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC news and coverage.