On Thursday promotions announced that the ex-welterweight Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) will collide with former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) at the 170-pound main event of UFC FOX 26 takes place on Saturday, Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Robert Lawler took a short break after losing a Welterweight champion from Tyron Woodley Via TKO on July 30, 2016, at UFC 201 main event. The ruthless rejuvenated returned at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, to score a close win via unanimous decision over Donald Cerrone.
Rafael Dos won the UFC lightweight championship from Anthony Pettis two years ago which he defended and lost to Eddie Alvarez. On the same year November 5, 2016, he lost another match to Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision. Since his transition of 170 pound his recent win against Neil Magny on September 9, 2017, at UFC 215 first round via arm-triangle choke submission. After the announcement of promotions today Dos reply Via social media saying that he believes the fight should be for an interim welterweight title.
Am'I the only one that thinks that this fight should be for a interim title? Since the champ is out until next year?
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) October 12, 2017
UFC on FOX 26 also features many other bouts:
- Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
- Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
- Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda
- Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins