The UFC is set to go back to Australia on November 15ht to Melbourne and the city will play host to a Welterweight title fight. Robbie Lawler will look to defend his title for a second time against former interim champion Carlos Condit who just returned from injury. Conduit took over a year to return from an ACL injury he suffered in a fight with Tyron Woodley. He came back to face the resurgent Thiago Alves who he beat so bad the fight had to be stopped in the second round. This announcement comes fresh off the interview of GSP who said that who said Condit was his toughest fight to date.
UFC 193 Host Welterweight Title Fight
Since returning to the UFC, and Welterweight division, Lawler has gone a stellar 7-1. In that span, he has beaten many of the top ten fighters and captured the title after failing in his first bid. He had a rematch with Rory MacDonald in July and essentially made GS[P’s protege quit after beating him so bad. Now, he has a chance to prove himself on of the top Welterweights of all time if he can have a similar performance against Condit.
The next Welterweight contender will may be determined at the previous PPV when Johny Hendricks takes on Tyron Woodley at UFC 192 in Houston, Texas on October 3rd. After going an astounding 15-1, Hendricks has fallen to a pedestrian 2-2 in his last four fights over two years, and his semi-boring fight with Matt Brown in his last fight did not inspire the UFC brass to give him a title shot. Similarly, Woodley’s inconsistent record has given him a hard to to capture the elusive title shot. Losses to Rory MacDonald and Jake Shield shave held Woodley back, but a win over a former champion in Hendricks could be the last piece of the puzzle.
Add into these matches, a fight between Matt Brown and Kelvin Gastelum in Mexico on November 21st, and Demian Maia restoring himself as a contender in the Welterweight division and the Welterweight division has re-established itself as one of the top divisions in the UFC. Who is excited to see how the rest of this year shakes out for the rest of the year?