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Hendricks Is Named Lawler’s next Challenger

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“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler defeated Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks in the welterweight title rematch of 181 via split decision. As reported by MMA Junkie, Dana White confirmed a title trilogy fight between Lawler and Hendricks with no definite date and location as of yet. Rory MacDonald’s confirmed welterweight title shot has been shelved, though Dana White stated: “It’s pretty impossible to deny Rory that, whoever comes out of that Hendricks-Lawler fight, he’s the next guy in line.”

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(Rory MacDonald, photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

What’s left of the welterweight division? Rory MacDonald will likely have to fight again for the shot he was already promised. Ranked at #3 of welterweight division is Tyron Woodley, who fights #7 Kevin Gastelum in UFC 183. #4 Carlos Condit is out with a knee injury, so who will the UFC pick as Rory’s challenger?

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Since GSP’s controversial decision victory over Johny Hendricks and departure from the title, back-to-back fights at the top of the division going the distance doesn’t exactly declare a clear champion in. It seems like what the top of the division needs more than anything is finishing victories to establish clear winners.

“Robbie and Rory just fought,” White said. “We just feel like the trilogy makes sense – to do the third fight with these two.”

Perhaps the pay-per-view numbers for the rematch warrant the demand for a trilogy between the two welterweights. Keep an eye on Woodley vs. Gastelum in UFC 183 to see who’ll be moving up in the hectic division.

Hendricks vs. Lawler III will undoubtedly be an exciting slug fest, but is it really deserved? If GSP were to return, would he have a green light for the strap he held for so long?