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Rory MacDonald-Robbie Lawler In Future UFC Welterweight Plans

Rory MacDonald-Robbie Lawler In Future UFC Welterweight Plans

UFC president Dana White remarked during his post-fight media scrum following UFC Fight Night 26 this past weekend that the plan is to pair Rory MacDonald with Robbie Lawler.

Both fighters competed on the same July card, as MacDonald topped Jake Ellenberger and Lawler downed Bobby Voelker, setting them on the same schedule seeing as neither were seriously injured.

White didn’t have an exact date in mind for the bout, which could potentially produce a new No. 1 contender to the welterweight title.

MacDonald (15-1) is on a five-fight win streak that includes victories over Ellenberger, BJ Penn and Nate Diaz, while Lawler (21-9) has won both of his bouts inside the Octagon since returning to the promotion in 2013.

Lawler previously fought for the UFC from 2002-04 before heading to various other places including EliteXC and Strikeforce.

The November UFC 167 card, in which Georges St-Pierre will defend his title against Johny Hendricks at, is currently low on announced fights and needs a co-main event.

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