Last Saturday, two top-10 Welterweights took home wins at UFC on Fox 8. In the second fight of the main card, Robbie Lawler impressed in his second UFC fight since moving over from Strikeforce. In the second round of his fight with Bobby Voelker, helanded a devastating head kick that sent Voelker to the mat and some superfluous ground strikes brought the referee in to stop the fight. His 170 lb. colleague Rory MacDonald also picked up a big win that night, but in a much less fan-pleasing style. He used a simple yet effective, jab-heavy gameplan to completely nullify the offense of Jake Ellenberger to win the unanimous decision and solidify his position as an elite Welterweight.
Now, with both those performances in the books, UFC president Dana White says he'd like to see Lawler and MacDonald meet each other next. When asked about the future of Rory following the UFC World Tour press conference in New York on Wednesday, White told Ariel Helwani, "Thinkin' about doing Rory, Robbie Lawler."
For anyone who only saw Lawler's hot-and-cold Strikeforce run, seeing him slated for a feature bout with real title implication would come as a big surprise. However, "Ruthless" made big waves in his UFC re-debut back at UFC 157. It took him only four minutes to starch top-10 Welterweight and former contender Josh Koscheck. Even considering that and he's KO of Voelker he's likely to be a significant underdog in a potential match with Rory.
In his 3 years with the UFC, MacDonald has put together a solid 6-1 record. His only loss came to Carlos Condit where he put on an impressive performance for a 21 year old new-comer. The win over Ellenberger marked his first ever victory over a top 10 opponent. Even though he'll probably be the favorite if this fight happens, Rory has never faced someone with the devastating, fight-ending power of Lawler.