UFC officials Tuesday announced the booking, which takes place Nov.
16 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and is headlined
by a 170-pound title clash pitting longtime champ Georges St.
Pierre against challenger Johny
MacDonald, 24, has been beaten just once as a pro and is regarded
by many as the welterweight division’s brightest prospect. Since
falling to future interim champion Carlos
Condit in 2010, “Ares” has posted five straight wins, running
through Nate Diaz,
Pyle, Che Mills and
former two-division champion B.J. Penn before
jabbing his way to a measured unanimous decision win over Jake
Ellenberger last month at UFC on Fox 8.
Lawler returned to the UFC and the welterweight division this past
February, when he stopped onetime title challenger Josh
Koscheck before relieving fellow Strikeforce import Bobby
Voelker of his consciousness five months later at UFC on Fox 8.
Known for his punching power, the 31-year-old has earned 18
knockouts to his credit and has gone the distance just five times
in 30 pro appearances.