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Lawler, dos Anjos to headline UFC Winnipeg

Former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler will look to cement his place atop the contender's list when he faces Rafael dos Anjos in the main event at FOX UFC Fight Night in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on December 16.

Next on the agenda as he climbs the 170lb. ladder once again is yet another former lightweight star in Rafael Dos Anjos. This news was announced by the UFC on Thursday morning.

Lawler, who now owns a lifetime professional mixed martial arts record of 28-11 (9-2 UFC), will be heading into his second bout since losing the welterweight title to Tyron Woodley in July 2016. Far from calling it a day on his 15 year career, "Ruthless" Robbie returned to action a year later at UFC 214.

Lawler sat out for nearly exactly one year after suffering a knockout loss to Tyron Woodley that cost him the welterweight title in 2016.

Since moving up, dos Anjos is 2-0, including a one-sided submission victory over Neil Magny at UFC 215 last month. In his next most recent outing, he defeated former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine by decision.

This time around, a perennial lightweight contender in Donald Cerrone stood in his way, and the two went back-and-forth in a hellacious contest, as Lawler prevailed by decision.

Chad Laprise will also return in Winnipeg as he'll face Galore Bofando and John Makdessi was also announced as he'll battle Abel Trujillo.

The 35-year-old defended his title twice before losing to Woodley in Fight of the Year candidates against Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit.



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