Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald has a lot on the line tonight for UFC 167. Up for grabs was a potential welterweight title shot, so their will to win was at an all-time high. Early in the fight, Lawler landed some good kicks, winning the round. Rory battled back and won the second. It was in the third round, Lawler would land some hard shots that rocked Rory, sending him to the canvas.
The judges ultimately gave Lawler the split decision, and it’s the biggest win of his career. Leading up to this bout, Rory was pegged to be the next big thing in the welterweight division. Training with Georges St. Pierre, Rory was on the verge of fighting for the belt. However, tonight, he was outhustled by a gritty vet in Lawler, who seemed on point tonight from the opening bell.
This is quite a turnaround for Lawler, who is now on a three-fight winning streak. Rory was considered the No. 2 welterweight in the vision, and Lawler certainly takes a jump in the rankings with this win. It was a closely contested fight, and it could have gone either way. Rory has nothing to be ashamed about, and he will surely be back better than ever.
But, he did seem a little tentative tonight, which is no shame because Lawler is one of the biggest punchers in all of the UFC. Now, Lawler sets himself up with a bigger fight, and he may even be granted a title fight, if no other contenders emerge soon.