Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald Targeted For UFC 167 With Contender Expected To Emerge

By Jeremy Green
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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA Today Sports

UFC 167 is set to feature an exciting welterweight bout between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald. The bout has yet to be confirmed or signed by both fighters, but Dana White and UFC company are in the process of getting it done. If this bout is indeed booked, it has the makings to be an instant classic.

MacDonald is riding high off his latest win over Jake Ellenberger as he was able to pick up a unanimous decision. In the win, MacDonald utilized a smart strategy, jabbing Ellenberger left and right. Ellenberger didn’t have an answer, and MacDonald solidified his status as being an elite welterweight.

If MacDonald is able to get one more win under his belt, he may be ready to challenge for the title, which puts him in an interesting position. The current welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, is his training partner, friend and mentor. But MacDonald will come to that road later, as GSP is set to take on Johny Hendricks for the title.

One of the most surprising fighters in the welterweight division has been Lawler. Since coming into the UFC and dropping down to the welterweight division, he has looked phenomenal, and has two consecutive finishes to add to his resume. Even more, one of his Achilles heels — his takedown defense — seems to have improved. This was evident in his bout with Josh Koscheck. Lawler eventually got the TKO, and then a subsequent KO against Bobby Voelker, proving that he has formidable power.

This will be an interesting test for MacDonald, who has rolled through his competition as of late. For Lawler, a win solidifies his status as being an elite welterweight, and may even give him the opportunity to fight for the title.

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