Robbie Lawler Defends Title Against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189

Written by Tom Ngo
February 18th, 2015

UFC Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald (pictured) FINALLY gets his crack at the UFC welterweight crown, and he can thank Hector Lombar’s steroid use for it.

During Tuesday’s monumental press conference where the UFC announced a strategic plan to enhance drug testing for their fighters, they announced MacDonald will challenge champ Robbie Lawler for his strap at UFC 189.

The July 11 event takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A featherweight title tilt between champ Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor is already slated to headline the gig, and the highly anticipated shootout will maintain top billing.

MacDonald and Lombard were set to square off at UFC 186, but the tango was canceled after it was revealed Lombard tested positive for steroids after his UFC 182 win over Josh Burkman.

In October, White promised MacDonald would get the winner of November’s rematch between then-welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and Lawler after his impressive finish over Tarec Saffiedine. Fast forward two months and White did an about-face after Lawler upset Hendricks for the crown in a hotly contested, and somewhat controversial, decision victory.

With the score knotted up at one apiece, White decided to renege on his promise and arrange an immediate trilogy between Lawler and Hendricks. However, Lawler said he wanted an extended break after an active 2014, so Hendricks was assigned to Matt Brown.

Lawler posted a split decision victory over MacDonald in November 2013.

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