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Last weekend, UFC president Dana White confirmed an interest in a key welterweight matchup between contenders Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald. The pairing is now official. The UFC confirmed the fight to FOX Sports on Tuesday.
It will take place at UFC 167 in Las Vegas on Nov. 16.
The 31-year-old Lawler has caught fire since simultaneously returning to the UFC and dropping down one division to welterweight. In his two fights since, he's knocked out both Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker, wins that have allowed him to crash the UFC's official rankings at No. 9.
Prior to that, Lawler had struggled with consistency, losing five of eight fights while competing for Strikeforce primarily as a middleweight. But he's been reborn since returning to the UFC, where he competed for a two-year stretch from 2002-'04.
MacDonald, meanwhile is No. 3 in the current rankings. The 24-year-old has captured five straight, including consecutive decisions over Jake Ellenberger and B.J. Penn. He's 15-1 overall.
The Lawler-MacDonald bout will take place underneath the welterweight world championship fight between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks.
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As per the official UFC website, the below statement was just released: The old school meets the new breed at UFC 167 on November 16 in Las Vegas, as the resurgent “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler meets Canada’s Rory “Ares” MacDonald. After returning to the UFC in 2013 following a more than eight year absence, Lawler has looked better than ever [...]
UFC president Dana White wasn’t joking this past Saturday when he claimed the promotion was working on a welterweight shootout between Robbie Lawler (pictured) and Rory MacDonald. Just three days after dropping the hint, the UFC confirmed Tuesday night the 170-pounders will collide at UFC 167.
The November 16 event takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada...
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