Watch the best battle of all time when UFC champion, Robbie Lawler, takes on Rory MacDonald at UFC 189.
Former UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler, has been competing in MMA since 2000. In his second stint with the UFC, he has been aside of a few of the sports activities most memorable bouts, together with an exhilarating encounter with Rory MacDonald of their 2015 rematch.
For a restricted time, Lawler’s TKO win is offered on the UFC’s YouTube channel as a part of its Free Battle collection.
Lawler would re-sign with the UFC after Zuffa bought Strikeforce in 2011. His first look since his 2004 launch would see him upset Josh Koscheck through TKO at UFC 157. Lawler’s return kickstarted a two-fight win streak, together with a win in opposition to MacDonald, earlier than incomes a title shot at UFC 171 in opposition to then-champion, Johny Hendricks. Lawler went on to lose the battle by unanimous determination.
After the loss to Hendricks, Lawler bounced again with two extra wins, in opposition to Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown respectively, earlier than incomes his rematch with Hendricks at UFC 181. Lawler would seize the title through cut up determination (48-47, 47-48, 49-46).
From there, Lawler rematched MacDonald in a back-and-forth affair at UFC 189, ending the Canadian late within the fifth spherical. Lawler defended his title at UFC 195, edging Carlos Condit through cut up determination. Seven months later, Lawler would lose his belt to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 through a first-round KO.
Since August 2016, Lawler has gone 1-Three, together with losses to MMA veteran Ben Askren, and present UFC welterweight’s Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. His lone win, nonetheless, got here in opposition to Donald Cerrone in July 2017 at UFC 214.
For the reason that Lawler defeat, MacDonald has gone Three-Three-1. MacDonald would finally signal with Bellator MMA and have his first battle in 2017. Victories included UFC veteran Paul Daley and Bellator veteran Douglas Lima, to call a couple of. His most up-to-date outing was a rematch in opposition to Lima, dropping by determination.
No matter their aftermath, followers will keep in mind the rematch as among the best in UFC historical past.