Prior to their second fight at December’s UFC 181 event, it was thought that the winner of “Hendricks vs. Lawler 2” would face Canadian welterweight standout Rory MacDonald next.
Instead, due to yet another controversial judges decision, the UFC has opted for a trilogy bout to finally settle the score:
“Robbie and Rory just fought,” White said. “We just feel like the trilogy makes sense – to do the third fight with these two.”
Lawler defeated MacDonald via split-decision at the UFC 167 event in November of 2013.
With the news, the door is now open for Rory MacDonald to possibly replace the injured Tarec Saffediene in the headlining bout of “UFC Fight Night 60” opposite Matt Brown.
Whether the UFC chooses to go that route (Brown vs. MacDonald) remains to be seen.
White did not give a date or location for the Hendricks vs. Lawler trilogy fight.
The “Ruthless One” defeated Hendricks via judges split-decision victory this past month in Las Vegas to earn the UFC’s coveted welterweight title.
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