UFC 189 fight preview – July 11th 2015

The Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) will bring to a close their annual ‘Fight Week’ with the highly anticipated pay per view fight night on July 11th 2015.

The night will feature a Championship double header between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, as both fight to try and clinch the featherweight crown.

This fight will then be followed up by the battle for welterweight’s promotion strap as Robbie Lawler takes on Rory MacDonald.

The venue for the event has been set with the fighters heading to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a full house expected on the night.

Although heavier weight classes usually take the limelight in the event of a UFC championship double header, officials for the night have said Aldo vs. McGregor will serve as the main event for viewers to enjoy.

MacDonald will be attempting to defend his title for the first time. Both fighters are ranked as almost equals, with MacDonald being ranked as number 3 in the USA Today’s MMA welterweight rankings, whereas his opponent, Lawler, currently sits as number 1 in the same rankings, meaning he will most likely be the fighter backed more with the bookies prior to the match up. It might be worth checking out bettingsports.com to find a bookmaker best suited to place your bet for the fights with.

MacDonald and Lawler last met in a competitive fight back in 2013 at UFC 167, which Lawler won via a split-decision – Every media outlet labelled their score at 29-28 to Lawler on that occasion.

Lawler, who narrowly won his title back in December after defeating Johny Hendricks, was arranged to be facing his familiar foe in a rubber match. But officials decided against this match up for now, and instead decided to face Hendricks with Matt Brown at UFC 185, which Hendricks ultimately won.

Lawler has lost just once in his past seven fights, that coming against Hendricks in their first meeting back in March 2014, when they fought for Georges St-Pierre’s vacated belt.

MacDonald will finally get his long-promised, and long-awaited title shot. After beating Tarec Saffiedine, the Canadian was fixed up with a fight against Hector Lombard. In the build up to UFC 186, his opponent failed a drug test, and the fight was called off. On the back of a three-fight winning streak which has added to eight wins in his past nine fights, MacDonald will be hyped as he gets his long-awaited first title shot.


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