Rory MacDonald is currently set to face Robbie Lawler, a fight that has the makings to end violently. Both are vying for a welterweight title shot, and this certainly is possible if the winner can put on an impressive performance.
MacDonald has been one of the best welterweights in the UFC for some time now. He trains on a daily basis with Georges St. Pierre, the current welterweight champ, which has allowed him to grow tremendously as a fighter. His latest outing was against Jake Ellenberger, a fight where he was able to showcase his dominant jab time and time again.
He didn’t get the finish, but he did enough on the feet to get the unanimous decision. With one more win, he could fight for the title. It won’t be against GSP as they have said in the past they won’t fight each other, so he may have a chance to fight for the belt once GSP moves on from the division or retires.
His next opponent will be against Lawler, who is one of the most powerful punchers in the UFC. Lawler seems to have revitalized his fighting career, and he will be looking to score an impressive knockout over MacDonald, which would certainly warrant a title shot. For this fight, it seems that MacDonald is going to look to be more aggressive. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Rory talked about his fight against Lawler:
There was a lot of criticism about (my most recent fight.) I’ve taken some advice to be a little more exciting, a little more aggressive and also balancing it with being a technical fighter, so there was a lot to learn from that fight.
If MacDonald is being sincere, fans may get to see an exciting war unfold in the welterweight division. MacDonald has shown to have a dynamic fighting style, which was evident in his bouts with Che Mills and Nate Diaz. An aggressive Rory is a sight to behold, and Lawler will certainly have his hands full.