After being guaranteed a shot, removed from a title shot and having his opponent scratched for a positive PED test, “Red King” Rory MacDonald has been in a matchup yo-yo for months. Announced just minutes ago at the UFC’s press conference addressing PED’s, The UFC has made good on its original promise and will grant Rory MacDonald the next shot at Robbie Lawler’s welterweight title at UFC 189.
Joining Jose Aldo’s title defense against Conor McGregor, MacDonald vs. Lawler 2 will be the second title fight of the card. Rory’s lone loss in 9 fights came by a split decision to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167. Since the loss, Rory MacDonald defeated Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley by unanimous decision and knocked out Tarec Saffiedine at Fight Night 54.
In his returning run in the UFC, Robbie Lawler has gone 6-1 in the promotion. The sole loss was a hard battle against Johny Hendricks for the welterweght title at UFC 171. He came back from the loss to defeat Jake Ellenberger, Matt Brown and Johny Hendricks at UFC 181 for the Welterweight title. While originally set to face Hendricks in a title fight rubber match, he will now face MacDonald in a rematch for the welterweight crown at UFC 189.
According to Bloody Elbow’s report, Aldo vs. McGregor will still serve as the main event of the evening. Heavier weight class title fights traditionally get fast tracked to the main event, but not for UFC 189. See the welterweight title fight on July 11th at UFC 189 live on pay-per-view from Las Vegas, Nevada.