All eyes will be on the octagon on December 6, but there will be one set of eyeballs taking extensive notes when welterweight champion Johny Hendricks grants Robbie Lawler a rematch at UFC 181.
Rory MacDonald (pictured) said he should get next crack at the crown following Saturday’s TKO victory over Tarec Saffiedine, and UFC president Dana White agrees.
The Canadian Press confirmed with White Wednesday that MacDonald will face the winner of Hendricks-Lawler.
White also said MacDonald will enjoy home-cage advantage when he challenges for the hardware, with the bout taking place in his homeland of Canada.
MacDonald has been considered the heir apparent in the welterweight division for quite some time, but the 25-year-old suffered a critical split decision loss to Lawler last November at UFC 167 that cost him an opportunity to fight for the title. “Ares” has since rattled off three consecutive victories.
Hendricks took a unanimous decision win over Lawler in March to capture the vacant 170-pound belt Georges St-Pierre willingly left behind. Hendricks is nearly a 2.5-1 odds-on favorite to beat Lawler again.
MacDonald has never faced Hendricks.