Robbie Lawler has won four straight fights. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Robbie Lawler’s next welterweight title defense will come Down Under when he takes on Carlos Condit in the UFC 193 headliner.
The pairing was confirmed by promotion officials to UFC Tonight on Wednesday. Bleacher Report initially reported the matchup. UFC 193 is scheduled to take place in Melbourne on Nov. 14, but a venue for the event has not been determined. Lawler-Condit will likely be the headliner.
Lawler successfully defended the 170-pound strap for the first time in a memorable confrontation with Rory MacDonald at UFC 189. “Ruthless” shattered his opponent’s nose with a powerful left hand 60 seconds into the final stanza to secure a technical knockout victory. Lawler enters the bout on a four-fight winning streak, including victories over Johny Hendricks, Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger.
After more than a year on the sideline due to knee surgery, Condit made a triumphant return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night on May 30, when he scored a doctor stoppage victory over Thiago Alves in Brazil. Condit previously captured interim welterweight gold with a victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 143 before dropping a five-round verdict to Georges St. Pierre in a title unification bout at UFC 154.