Rory MacDonald may have been defeated by Robbie Lawler the first time they met, but according to one of the UFC’s most experienced and respected welterweights, that probably won’t happen again.
As you know, MacDonald is set to face the champion Lawler on July 11th at UFC 189, which will mark the second time they’ve fought. The welterweights met in November, 2013, and at UFC 167, Lawler scored a split decision win over the Tristar fighter.
Well, Carlos Condit appeared on the latest “UFC Tonight“, in advance of his fight this Saturday with Thiago Alves. During the interview, Condit was asked about his own title shot path, and in his response, he offered this prediction (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I think it depends on the fight between Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler. Rory’s been inching to get a shot at me for a while. I may be two or three fights away. I’m picking Rory this time. I think he’s learned from that first fight, he’ll open up a little bit and not be so conservative and walk with the belt.”
That’s an interesting prediction and it’s in keeping with the odds makers. As is stands right now, MacDonald is the favorite in the -175 to -210 range to win the title at UFC 189. How about that?
Of course, Condit has to worry about Alves first, before he can even think about taking steps towards a rematch with MacDonald or the championship belt. Alves has dealt with a rash of injuries over the last few years, but as he showed against Jordan Mein in January, he remains extremely dangerous.
The kicking game of Alves has long been one of his most feared weapons, which is why Condit relayed the following:
“I have to be aware of them whether my knee was injured or not. I don’t want to take those kicks. I have to stay mobile and be well prepared with my game plan.”
Sounds like a plan. As Condit alluded to, this weekend’s bout will mark the first time he’s thrown down since last March, when he trashed his knee while fighting Tyron Woodley. Condit-Alves should be a fantastic fight.
UFC FN 67 will go down in Goiania, Brazil.