A pivotal welterweight clash between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald is slated for UFC 167.
UFC officials Tuesday announced the booking, which takes place Nov. 16 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and is headlined by a 170-pound title clash pitting longtime champ Georges St. Pierre against challenger Johny Hendricks.
MacDonald, 24, has been beaten just once as a pro and is regarded by many as the welterweight division’s brightest prospect. Since falling to future interim champion Carlos Condit in 2010, “Ares” has posted five straight wins, running through Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle, Che Mills and former two-division champion B.J. Penn before jabbing his way to a measured unanimous decision win over Jake Ellenberger last month at UFC on Fox 8.
Lawler returned to the UFC and the welterweight division this past February, when he stopped onetime title challenger Josh Koscheck before relieving fellow Strikeforce import Bobby Voelker of his consciousness five months later at UFC on Fox 8. Known for his punching power, the 31-year-old has earned 18 knockouts to his credit and has gone the distance just five times in 30 pro appearances.