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Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald Confirmed for UFC 167

Image Courtesy: MMAFighting.com

Image Courtesy: MMAFighting.com

The UFC confirmed Tuesday that Robbie Lawler (pictured) and Rory MacDonald are set to fight one another at UFC 167.  With both men coming off wins at UFC on FOX 8 last month, this fight has heavy implications of a title contender.

 

By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler are set to fight at UFC 167, the UFC confirmed Tuesday.

Just days after UFC President, Dana White, expressed the organization’s intent to make the match-up, the contracts have been signed for the two, top-10 ranked welterweights to meet in the Octagon in November.

Both fighters are coming off important victories at the UFC on FOX 8 card in July.  Robbie Lawler (21-9) knocked out Bobby Volker in the second round of their fight.  This was Lawler’s second consecutive stoppage since returning to the UFC in February.

That same night, Rory MacDonald (15-1) scored a unanimous decision against top-ranked welterweight, Jake Ellenberger.  Though MacDonald played the fight safe, sticking to his jab to frustrate Ellenberger for three rounds, the victory cemented his spot in the welterweight division.

Given these recent performances, the UFC may be looking to pressure MacDonald into fighting more actively.  Following the July card, White criticized MacDonald for refusing to try and finish Ellenberger.  In Lawler, who has received nothing but White’s praise since returning from Strikeforce, MacDonald will face a fighter who will push the fight and look for the knockout.

The match-up is only the second fight to be added to the UFC 167 card.  The other is the anticipated title fight between Johny Hendricks and champion, Georges St-Pierre.

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0 Comments to Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald Confirmed for UFC 167

  1. squid says:

    cant wait to see this fight also. i hope robbie smashes that goober

    • some guy says:

      i agree! i do have a feeling that roidy is going to take him down and hold him down tho… i hope the brawler smashes him tho!

  2. Again.. says:

    YES! Hopefully Lawler destroys this punk. He’s soo boring!!

    WAR RUTHLESS!

  3. magoo says:

    Lol RoryMacs gonna wreck Robbie Lawler, it’s apples and oranges people.

  4. Ddddddddd says:

    I’m not sure why their setting Robbie up for certain failure. Robbie has to impose his style for it to work and Rorrie isn’t the guy to try to beat up if your not a wrestler. Robbie’s fighting that whole team and that isn’t good. They’ll have the perfect plan to best Robbie.

  5. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    This is a great matchup. It let’s Robbie see where he is in the mix and whether he gets a title fight afterwards and if he loses, then no biggie. For Rory, it will be a great opportunity to see how he performs against a big tough wrestler that can KO him. Rory has more to lose with this one than Robbie does. GO USA!!! Robbie by KO.

  6. 757 says:

    Robbie Lawler hell Yaeh !!!

  7. Bob'O says:

    This will be a hard fight for Lawler, cause Rory is going to use his jab like he did against Jake and Rory has longer arms and is taller than Robby. I was happy to see Robby doing well again, but I am not sure if I like this match up. I would rather see him re-match Nick Diaz or have even Diaz vs MacDonald so Nich can avenge Nate’s beating. Lawler does have good grappling skills, and he also has great take down defense, but like I said I believe Rory will just use his boring jab again. Hopefully Lawler will be more aggressive than Jake was against Rory. ~Bob’O

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