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Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos to headline UFC's next FOX special

14 October 2017

Former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler will square off with former lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos on December 16 in Winnipeg with a shot at the 170-pound at stake, according to UFC president Dana White.

Lawler lost his title to Woodley by way of a first round KO in July of a year ago, bringing an end to a five-fight winning streak in which he'd shown the best form of his entire career.

On Friday, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the victor of the upcoming bout between Lawler and dos Anjos would be next in line to face welterweight champion Tyron Woodley while speaking at the UFC 217 pre-fight press conference in Toronto.

Lawler (28-11) is a former welterweight champion.

Lawler was last seen in the cage at UFC 214, when he picked up a close decision win over fellow fan favorite Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.

Meanwhile, after losing his 155lb belt to Eddie Alvarez past year and then suffering another defeat against Tony Ferguson, Dos Anjos has looked to embark on a new challenge at welterweight, and so far it's worked out well for him.

Since moving up, dos Anjos is 2-0, including a one-sided submission victory over Neil Magny at UFC 215 last month. He's now dealing with a shoulder injury and is expected to be out until early 2018. As such, this fight could very well produce the welterweight division's next title challenger.