UFC 167 adds Lawler vs MacDonald

Last weekend, UFC president Dana White
confirmed an interest in a key welterweight
matchup between contenders Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald. The
pairing is now official. The UFC confirmed the fight to FOX Sports
on Tuesday.

It will take place at
UFC
167
in Las Vegas on Nov. 16.

The 31-year-old Lawler has caught fire since simultaneously
returning to the UFC and dropping down one division to
welterweight. In his two fights since, he’s knocked out both Josh
Koscheck and Bobby Voelker, wins that have allowed him to crash the
UFC’s official rankings at No. 9.

Prior to that, Lawler had struggled with consistency, losing
five of eight fights while competing for Strikeforce primarily as a
middleweight. But he’s been reborn since returning to the
UFC, where he competed for a two-year stretch from
2002-’04.

MacDonald, meanwhile is No. 3 in the current rankings. The
24-year-old has captured five straight, including consecutive
decisions over Jake Ellenberger and B.J. Penn. He’s 15-1
overall.

The Lawler-MacDonald bout will take place underneath the
welterweight world championship fight between Georges St-Pierre and
Johny Hendricks.