Dana White confirmed at the UFC Fight Night 26 post-fight media scrum that he expects a welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald (15-1) and Robbie Lawler (21-9 (1nc), pictured) to take place. The UFC President did not specify which event the fight could take place at, but admitted that the UFC like the fight and he think’s it’s going to happen.
Robbie Lawler has enjoyed a fairytale return to the octagon, knocking out former title contender Josh Koshcheck (17-7) , in his first appearance for the company since October, 2004, and taking the ‘Knockout of the Night’ honours in the process, back at UFC 157. Lawler then followed that up with another spectacular knockout victory over Bobby Voelker (24-10) last month, at the UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga event, taking the ‘Ruthless’ one to #9 in the UFC’s official welterweight rankings.
Rory MacDonald is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jake Ellenberger (29-7), at the UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga event last month, that Dana White in particular was very critical of, due to the lack of action from both men during the bout. It was however a dominant victory for MacDonald, who was always in control of the fight. A win for the Canadian native, who is currently #3 in the UFC’s official welterweight rankings, could set up an inevitable clash with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (24-2), despite the two Tristar gym members seemingly unwilling to fight each other, or at least that’s what they are saying publicly.
With the only fight currently booked for UFC 167 being Georges St-Pierre’s title defence against Johny Hendricks (15-1), it’s entirely possible that a MacDonald vs Lawler bout could also take place on the card, determining the new title challenger on the same night. This would follow the same path as UFC 158, where St-Pierre successfully defended his title against Nick Diaz (26-9 (1nc), on the same night that Johny Hendricks earned his spot as the new number one contender, following a victory over Carlos Condit (28-7).
If St-Pierre and MacDonald both come out victorious in their next bouts it will certainly be interesting to see whether or not the Canadian duo will indeed fight each other, or whether or not a change of weight class is in one of their futures. A win for Hendricks over St-Pierre would make things just as interesting, as while a win for MacDonald may then put him in pole-position for a shot at the champion, Georges and the UFC may feel that the long-term welterweight champion deserves an immediate rematch.
Of course, one man who will be planning to throw a spanner in the works of any potential plans is ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler, who given his current run of form, can certainly not be counted out.