When UFC president Dana White reneged on his promise to grant Rory MacDonald next dibs at the welterweight crown, the writing was plastered all over the cage wall that White was going to arrange a trilogy between champion Robbie Lawler (pictured) and Johny Hendricks.
White made the assumption a reality during Thursday’s UFC 182 Media Day.
“Robbie and Rory just fought,” White stated. “We just feel like the trilogy makes sense – to do the third fight with these two.”
White didn’t announce a time or place for the rubber match. He also didn’t say who MacDonald’s next opponent will be.
Lawler and Hendricks fought twice in 2014. Hendricks snagged a unanimous decision win over Lawler in March to capture the vacant 170-pound belt Georges St-Pierre willingly left behind.
Lawler took December’s rematch via split decision to knot up the score.
Many pundits dubbed MacDonald the heir apparent in the welterweight division several years, but the 25-year-old still has yet to compete for the hardware. He most recently TKO’d Tarec Saffiedine in October to earn what he was told was top contender status.
Lawler posted a split decision win over MacDonald prior to facing Hendricks the first time.