When “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (21-9 1NC) made his return to the UFC to face former welterweight title contender, Josh Koscheck (17-7), he had lost his last fight to Lorenz Lark, by way of decision.
For someone who had not competed in the octagon for eight years, had not fought in the welterweight division since 2004 and stood up against one of the top fighters in the 170-pound division, Lawler shocked the world when he scored a TKO in the first round. In his next fight, the Ruthless one would once again awe fans as he defeated Bobby Voekler (24-10) in the first round via knockout.
That same night, Rory MacDonald (15-1) defeated Jake Ellenberger (29-7) by decision. Although MacDonald won the fight and solidified himself as a top contender for the UFC welterweight title, many viewed the fight as lackluster.
UFC President Dana White, who was one of the many that were unimpressed with the MacDonald vs Ellenberger fight, said he wants MacDonald to face Lawler. If MacDonald does not get the winner of the Georges St-Pierre (24-2) vs. Johny Hendricks (15-1) title match, facing Lawler in a title eliminator bout would be a logical choice.
For Lawler, who has been a champion and fought some of the top guys at middleweight and welterweight, defeating MacDonald would certainly put him in line for a title shot. If MacDonald were to defeat Lawler in impressive fashion, it would redeem him for his performance against Ellenberger, which I understand that he didn’t want to take chances because there was a lot at stake in that fight.
A fight between MacDonald and Lawler would be great on many levels. Lawler has 18 wins by knockout. On the other hand, all but three of MacDonald’s wins have been finishes. Although Lawler has more experience, MacDonald has been on a roll and has earned wins over more experienced fighters. All in all I would say that this fight could easily be a “Fight of the Night” candidate.
There is no denying that Lawler’s career is experiencing a rebirth and if he does not face MacDonald, he has at least earned himself a bout with one of the top four fighters in the welterweight division.
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