Although it may be getting lost in the whirlwind of coverage for the featherweight main event, this coming Saturday night’s (July 11, 2015) UFC 189 co-main event between welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and longtime prodigy Rory MacDonald truly has the potential to be one of the best fights of the year.

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Surging titleholder Lawler will finally return to the cage after taking some much-needed time off following five grueling bouts n just over a year capped off by his thrilling decision win over Johny Hendricks to win the belt at UFC 181 last December.

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MacDonald, meanwhile, is finally recognizing his full potential as a welterweight championship contender on the heels of three straight impressive wins over Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley, and Tarec Saffiedine. It’s long been an afterthought that Georges St. Pierre’s heir-apparent would assume his long-held 170-pound throne, and ‘The Red King’ will finally get his chance this weekend in Las Vegas.

He’ll have to defeat ‘Ruthless,’ who took him to the limit to win a closely contested split decision in a title eliminator bout back at UFC 167 in November 2013, the win that kicked off Lawler’s recent insane run.

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With a ton of backstory in place, this is a welterweight title scrap that simply can’t be missed. Watch the full Countdown to UFC 189: Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald video above.