The rumoured bout between Rory MacDonald (15-1, pictured) and Robbie Lawler (21-9 (1nc)) has now been confirmed, as we predicted, for UFC 167, taking place on Saturday, November 16th in Las Vegas Nevada, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The welterweight bout will see ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler hoping to extend a recent winning run, that has seen the thirty-one year old come out victorious in his first two bouts since returning to the promotion in February, 2013. Lawler made his triumphant return by defeating Josh Koscheck (17-7) via first-round knockout, taking home the ‘Knockout of the Night’ award in the process. Following the bout with Koscheck, Lawler put on an equally impressive performance at the UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga event, knocking out Bobby Voelker (24-10) in spectacular fashion, back in July, 2013.
MacDonald will be hoping to improve upon a lacklustre performance in his last outing at the UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga event, where he successfully defeated Jake Ellenberger (29-7) via unanimous decision. However, the bout was greatly criticised by fans and UFC President Dana White, due to a lack of action. MacDonald is currently on a five-fight winning streak in the UFC, owning notable victories over the likes of Nate Diaz (16-9) and B.J. Penn (16-9-2). A win for MacDonald could see the Tristar representative confirm his status as the new number one contender in the welterweight division, something which could lead to complications, with fellow Tristar member, Georges St-Pierre (24-2), the current welterweight champion.
UFC 167 will mark the 20th anniversary of the UFC, and while MacDonald vs Lawler is expected to feature on the main card, it’s quite telling that it has not been announced as the night’s co-main event. We can only predict the UFC have something special lined up for the card with more bouts expected to be announced shortly.
The main event of UFC 167 sees UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre defend his title against number one contender, Johny Hendricks (15-1).