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UFC Announces Rory MacDonald to Challenge Robbie Lawler Next

Kelsey Mowatt

Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald was expected to get a title shot after he took out Tarec Saffiedine last October, and it turns out he’ll challenge for the UFC’s welterweight belt next after all.

The UFC held a press conference today in Las Vegas, and during the event, Dana White announced that MacDonald will face Robbie Lawler on July 11th. The fight has been booked for UFC 189, which will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Lawler laid claim to the welterweight belt in December by earning a split decision win over Johny Hendricks, and at first, the promotion said a rubber match between the two was next. Lawler wanted some time off, however, and Hendricks was signed to fight Matt Brown on March 14th.

MacDonald, meanwhile, was expected to fight Hector Lombard on April 25th. Since Lombard has allegedly tested positive for steroids, however, that fight was cancelled.

Lawler and MacDonald tangled once before in November, 2013, and the latter lost the fight via split decision.

So, UFC 189 will feature Lawler-MacDonald II and Conor McGregor taking on featherweight champ Jose Aldo. That sounds about right no?

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