UFC 167 adds Lawler vs MacDonald

Last weekend, UFC president Dana White

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target="_blank">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.