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Lawler, dos Anjos to headline UFC Winnipeg

12 October 2017

The 170-pound contest will headline UFC Fight Night at Bell MTS Place.

Two former UFC champions in Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos will square off in the main event at UFC Winnipeg on December 16, the heralded mixed martial arts promotion has formally announced. In the other, we'll have former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.

UFC officials made the announcement on Thursday.

Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler's return to the Octagon is set.

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

He has enjoyed tremendous success in his new division, beating Tarec Saffiedine to a unanimous decision in his divisional debut before scoring a first-round submission over Neil Magny. Against dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 26, he'll look to string together a couple of wins to work his way back into title contention. Now 2-0 at welterweight, Dos Anjos, like Lawler, stands out as one of the division's premier contenders.

Prior to falling to Woodley, Lawler had won his first two title defenses, topping Rory MacDonald via TKO - the second time that he had beaten MacDonald - in July 2015 in addition edging Carlos Condit by split-decision in January 2016.

Having lost his lightweight crown to Eddie Alvarez previous year and then being defeated by Tony Ferguson, Dos Anjos stepped up to welterweight in 2017, where he duly dispatched the likes of Tarec Saffiedine and Neil Magny, whom he submitted last month.

Lawler, dos Anjos to headline UFC Winnipeg