Sport Robbie Lawler vs Rafael dos Anjos set for UFC: Winnipeg

21:01  12 october  2017
21:01  12 october  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Robbie Lawler . Esther Lin, MMA Fighting . Two former champions will face off at UFC Winnipeg . See the official updated card below (bout order to be determined): Robbie Lawler vs . Rafael dos Anjos .

UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs . Alvarez. The UFC ’s return to Winnipeg will feature an outstanding welterweight bout. Former champions Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos are set to clash in the UFC on FOX 26 main event, UFC officials announced Thursday morning.

UFC 181 - Hendricks v Lawler © Alex Trautwig/Getty Images Sport UFC 181 - Hendricks v Lawler

After fans and pundits alike have begged for the match-up, the UFC has duly obliged.

Announced officially through the UFC’s Canada Twitter account, Robbie Lawler will take on Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC: Winnipeg on December 16th.

https://twitter.com/UFC_CA/status/918506747416809473

With both fighters currently ranked in the UFC’s top five welterweights, the winner of the five-round fight will almost certainly be up next for the 170 lbs champion Tyron Woodley.

Lawler (28-11, 1 NC) recently returned to the Octagon at UFC 214 where he successfully defeated Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision. ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler had taken time away from competition after losing his welterweight title to the current champion Tyron Woodley in 2016 but the 35-year-old veteran bounced back against Cerrone to go 6-1 in his last seven fights.

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship ( UFC ) lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will get his wish and collide with ex-welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler in the 170-pound main event of UFC on FOX 26, which takes place on Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg , Manitoba

UFC on Fox: Lawler vs . dos Anjos (also known as UFC on Fox 26) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on December 16, 2017, at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg , Manitoba, Canada.

His scheduled opponent, Rafael dos Anjos (27-9), is also a former UFC champion but claimed gold in the lightweight division. Since moving up to the welterweight division in 2017 however, the Brazilian fighter has rattled off back-to-back victories over two ranked welterweights in Tarec Saffiedine and more recently Neil Magny.

The UFC on Fox 26 event is also currently scheduled to feature:

  • Glover Teixeira vs Misha Cirkunov
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Jared Cannonier
  • Tim Elliott vs Justin Scoggins
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs Alessio Di Chirico
  • Vitor Miranda vs Julian Marquez

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