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UFC 189 promises a show

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It’s been quite a year for the UFC, and it doesn’t look as though things will be slowing down as we edge closer to a UFC 189 card that promises to be one of the most eventful in years. Boasting two intriguing title fights and a host of fascinating other bouts, the eyes of the combat sports world will be firmly focused on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on July 11. While Robbie Lawler will defend his welterweight title against Canada’s Rory MacDonald in the co-main event, it’s the featherweight bout between defending champion Jose Aldo and colourful Irishman Conor McGregor which UFC 189 has really taken most of the focus leading up to this card. Coming just a matter of weeks after a UFC 187 in which both the middleweight and light-heavyweight titles were fought for, there is no debate that it is this card that the UFC has been pushing harder than any other this year.

 

 

 

Having embarked on a world tour in order to promote the event, UFC fans were able to see close up just how Aldo and McGregor handled themselves throughout the course of the intense 10 days. From goading a packed bar of Aldo fans in Brazil to snatching the champions belt in an incredible press conference in Dublin, McGregor has made sure the world is well aware that he is fighting for the title in July. And if you just listen to the enigmatic Irishman, you’d be forgiven for thinking victory will be a foregone conclusion, despite what the betting odds say, but the fact is that we could be about to witness one of the most intriguing title fights in a long time.

While there are those who claim McGregor has never been in with anyone capable of doing what Aldo can do, there are just as many people who feel the same can be said of the Brazilian. From the pair’s ability’s on the feet to the question marks that surround both fighter’s prowess on the mat, there are plenty of ways this contest could turn out and that’s why so many are fascinated to see just who will be wearing the UFC’s 145-pound strap come July 12. The size of this fight is evident by the fact it has almost completely overshadowed what looks to be an equally interesting match-up between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald.

Having lost a split decision to Lawler in 2013, MacDonald has earned his first shot at the title after picking up impressive victories over Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine. Following his win over MacDonald, Lawler suffered a points loss to Johnny Hendricks in his first title fight before earning a rematch after beating Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown, going on to beat Hendricks in the rematch and earn the welterweight title. After seven months on the sidelines, Lawler will defend his title for the first time against a MacDonald many feel will be the next man to dominate the division in the same way his friend George St-Pierre did for so long. The stage is now set for the Canadian to return the belt north of the border.

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