Robbie Lawler And Rory MacDonald Will Clash At UFC 167

Robbie Lawler finds himself in a great position at UFC 167, as news emerges that ‘Ruthless’ has been paired up with top contender Rory MacDonald. Since rejoining the UFC, Lawler has put the screws to Josh Koscheck at UFC 157 and then flattening Bobby Voelker at UFC on Fox 8.

The same event played host to Mac D’s most recent fight, a less than entertaining demonstration of how to win a fight with a jab. Many expected a win against Ellenberger to be the ticket to a title shot for Ares, but it seems the sub par performance has set him back.

“Rory didn’t do anything to try and finish him and put a stamp on it and make a statement, not only to the world, but to the guys that are in the division.”

Dana White’s own words at the UFC on Fox 8 post fight conference, if MacDonald had looked to finish Ellenberger; he may be looking at another top three fight, or even a title shot. Has he landed in hot water at UFC 167?

Lawler is looking like a new fighter since rejoining the company in February. He looks more focused in his fights, and his finishing is more precise and cerebral. Although he has nine losses scattered on his record, Lawler is starting to look a legitimate force again.

At age 31, and having competed for 12 years, Lawler is truly getting his second wind as a fighter. MacDonald is young and hungry, but Lawler has the edge in experience. It’s the age-old tale of battle scarred veteran vs. the young lion.

 Whatever the case, Lawler will be looking for the knockout. Mac D is going to have to be on his toes, as I don’t think there are many people who could take a flush hook on the chin from Lawler.

Anybody think that Ruthless can succeed where Ellenberger failed?


14 Comments

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    Jamie Kennedy

    August 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    This is a good fight, but I think Rory will get the W.

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    Ciaran_Den

    August 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Would of preferred Lawlor vs Brown
    !

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    MAMBA24ILL

    August 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    LOL at "Ares"

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    matt1926

    August 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Rory is going to get hurt, pull out of the fight, then Matt Brown will step in to fight Lawler. I'd rather see Matt in there instead.

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    falcon4917

    August 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Dangerous fight for Rory. I think Matt Brown might be Rorys kryptonite though stylistically.

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    Ivy

    August 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Time to find out if MacDonald is overrated or not.

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    thexperience1

    August 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I feel like Robbie's gonna lay Rory out…. Robbie got them firecrackers man! This is gonna be entertaining!

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    IChokePeople

    August 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Not long ago I would have laughed if someone picked Robbie in this fight. After his last two performances I am not so sure. He destroyed Koscheck. He looked super slick against Voelker. He seems much more suited to WW than he did to MW and he wasn't bad there, just inconsistent. He has a tough test in MacDonald but I actually think he might be able to beat him. I will be very interested to see how this plays out.

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    enjoylife321

    August 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    This fight is awesome. Whoever wins this fights GSp or big rig

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    NCapone

    August 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I wouldent be suprised to see Mcdonald a 4-1 favorite

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    apocalypse123

    August 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    What a pointless fight for Rory. He's got nothing to gain and everything to lose. But I feel like with the way Rory fought Ellenberger that he really needs to prove he's worthy of that No. 2 spot. Which he is, he just needs a nice finish to remind everyone. I see this fight going the way of the Che Mills fight. Still, anything can happen.

    But it really should have been Brown vs. Lawler

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    Evan Holober

    August 23, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Shitty. Love both guys, But MUTHAFUKIN WAR LAWLER!!!

    Hope he wins. Not sure he's got the game to pull it off though. Even having accustomed well back to '70.

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