Rory MacDonald Faces Robbie Lawler for Title at UFC 189

February 18, 2015
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Wednesday that welterweight champion Robbie Lawler would defend his belt against second-ranked Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 on July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC president Dana White broke the news during a special press conference to address performance-enhancing drug use within the organization.

MacDonald-Lawler-UFC-167-weigh-750MacDonald was originally scheduled to face sixth-ranked Hector Lombard at UFC 186 on April 25, but the fight fell through when Lombard returned a positive drug test for a designer steroid following his UFC 182 win over Josh Burkman on Jan. 3.

Lawler won the 170-pound title at UFC 181 in December by defeating Johny Hendricks by unanimous decision in a rematch. He holds a split decision win over MacDonald from UFC 167 in November 2013. The rematch with MacDonald will be Lawler’s first title defense.

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  • Green Machine

    Bring that belt back to Canada Rory!

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Everyone knows GSP got beat up by Hendricks

      • Guest

        Yeah but in the end GSP threw more strikes (threw them more accurately) and landed more takedowns).

        • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt
          • Kris-tyahn

            No what shows reality is the W by GSP’s name and the L by Hendricks name, you loser!!! Snif snif Hendricks lost…. boo hoo hoooo! FYI: GSP won that fight only b/c of how they score MMA fights, which is why they need to come up with a diff way to score MMA fights. Hendricks beat GSP in rounds 2 & 4 without a doubt, which are the rounds he did most of his damage, but he still only gets credited for a 10-9 round, which has no more effect on the fight or scoring of the entire fight.
            While GSP barely won rounds 1, 3 & 5, but that’s all he needed to do was “barely” win 3 rounds. B/C of how they score it, if the judges were able to go back & look at the entire fight & evaluate all 5 rounds and then make their decision, GSP wouold have lost b/c of the damage he took during ONLY two rounds, which were rounds 2 & 4. But guess what?!? They don’t and GSP still won the fight.
            Considering GSP was concussed in the 1st round & took the beating he did, while eating several lefts, he was still “fresher” than Hendricks in the 5th round, which not only porves GSP has a chin, but proves yet again like in the majority of Hendricks fights, he’s worthless in the Championship rounds, always will be.
            GSP doesn’t eat those savage elbows in the 1st round, he would have went on to pick Hendricks apart. I’d love to see GSP vs. Hendricks again, b/c Hendricks won’t land those elbows which was the difference, that allowed Hendricks to do as good as he did, and he still lost. BAHAHAHAHA

          • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

            Too bad every MMA website as well as ALL the top MMA journalists all disagree with you and had Hendricks winning the GSP fight. Shows how stupid you are because Hendricks did the most damage in round 2 when he had GSP wobbling around the cage concussed and out on his feet and then ref saved GSP when he stopped the fight to pick up mouth guard. Everyone knows Hendricks destroyed GSP and put the beating of the decade on him and sent him packing out of the sport at only 32 a beaten fighter.

        • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

          GSP pitter patter doesn’t count for squat

    • jen

      Bring it home Rory – he will.

  • monkey

    Roidy MacDonald is the right guy to fight for the title. He deserves a shot.

  • LawlerbyKO

    Yes! This time Rory is getting KO’ed. Robbie will make him fight and knock him out, then it’ll be GSP VS LAWLER for The New Years Show. Meanwhile Hendricks will be struggling to earn a title shot fighting new contenders.

    • Guest

      doubt it. Hendricks vs. Lawler 3 will happen in due time!

    • jen

      Rory will take it.

  • drkdisciple

    Finally some justice for Rory.

  • Timothy Malone

    This is going to be the co-main event, once again proving Dana wrong when he said Rousey is only on cards under Weidman because of weight class.

    • Guest

      Also because Aldo & mcgregor are bigger names to represent ufc than Lawler and rory.

  • Sarge

    Hopefully this will be a good fight and Rory doesn’t hold back like he has in some of his previous fights.

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      I think Rory is damn near as boring as GSP

      • jen

        haha, you have got to be kidding numb nuts

  • kale

    Garbage i wont watch this fight

  • Darin

    I thought Lawler was supposed to fight Hendricks again. Lombard getting busted explains Rory being freed up, but what happened to Hendricks? Does he need to wind down his roids before another fight?

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Yeah right like Hendricks really looks like he’s on roids. If anyone is on roids its GSP.

      To the writer of this article Lawler won by ( SPLIT DECISION ) over Hendricks in their second fight

      IMO Rory didn’t deserve the title shot since he backed out of the Condit fight and the Matt Brown fight.

      • Kris-tyahn

        Yeah GSP would be the one who would use steroids b/c he never failed one drug test & b/c idiots like you, don’t know what real hard work is, and what it can do. Like GSP says, it’s such a huge compliment when idiots like you say GSP uses PED’s, b/c he doesn’t yet haters like you think he’s that good, that it can’t come from hard work. That’s like saying Jordan, Gretzky, Ray Lewis etc. were all steroid users b/c of how good they were, or how they looked.

        FYI: Does Silva looked all ripped and muscular?!? Yet he took PED’s. Look at Anthony Johnson years ago while he was fighting at WW, he looked like GSP but “advanced” yet he’s never tested positive for roids, but I guess he doesn’t know what hard work is either. He looks the way he does b/c he used something, b/c hard work gets you nowhere!!! STFU you loser. I love how little boys like you make things up b/c people like GSP hurt your feelings and spanked your favorite fighter, waaa waaa waaaa, someone call the waaaaMBULANCE!!!

        • daveaw777

          I couldn’t of said it better myself Kris

    • Sarge

      The fans had a bit of a sook and didn’t wanna see Hendricks vs Lawler 3 so ufc rearranged the fights around & threw Hendricks vs Matt Brown instead.

  • jen

    Rory will take the belt. Mark my words. Love, BC.