UFC 189 is set to go down on July 11, 2015 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and is of course being headlined by the highly-anticipated featherweight title bout between reigning champion Jose Aldo and Irish sensation Conor McGregor. However, there is a welterweight title fight going down in the co-main event, as champion Robbie Lawler puts his title on the line against Rory MacDonald, a bout that may be getting over looked.

Lawler will look to make the first defense of his title in what will be a rematch, as he and “Red King” actually met once before at UFC 167 in 2013. The “Ruthless” one took a split-decision in a very exciting, back-and-forth brawl.

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Although their rematch may be getting overlooked due to the magnitude of the main event, there is definitely one welterweight who has eyes on the bout. That would be “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit, who recently made his return at UFC Fight Night 67 against Thiago Alves after 14 months on the sidelines due to injury. Condit battered Alves on route to a TKO victory, putting himself right back into title contention.

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As far as UFC 189 goes, Condit, recently speaking with MMAWeekly, stated that he believes the Canadian will take it this time around:

“I’m going to say Rory MacDonald (is going to win),” Condit recently predicted.

Continuing on, “The Natural Born Killer” claimed that MacDonald looked a tad too conservative in the first fight. However, Condit says that “Red King” has looked better as of late, and will open up more in the rematch:

“He’s looked so good in his recent fights. His first fight [against Lawler] he was very conservative. I think he’s going to open up a little bit. And I think that he’s going to take it,” said Condit

Although there may be a few men ahead of him in the title race, namely Johny Hendricks, and Tyron Woodley, two men who have beat Condit in recent memory, the Jackson-Winklejohn product stated that he wants whoever has the title:

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“Whoever has the title after Lawler and Rory fight, I want that guy.”

Do you agree with Condit’s prediction, and does he deserve the next title shot?

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