#25. Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon 1
#24. Roger Huerta vs Clay Guida
#23. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Randy Couture
#22 Cheick Kongo vs Pat Berry
#21 Chris Leben vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
#20. Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz
#19 Andrei Arlovski vs Travis Browne
#18. Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 and 3
#17. Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks
#16 Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva
#15. Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan
#14. Karo Parisyan vs Nick Diaz
#13 Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 1 and 2
#12. Diego Sanchez vs Nick Diaz
#11. Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg 2
#10. Mark Hunt vs Antonio Silva
# 9. Jose Aldo Jr vs Chad Mendes 2
#8 Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida
#7 Randy Couture vs Pedro Rizzo 1
#6 Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson
#5. Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez
#4. Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2
#3. Forrest Griffin vs Stephan Bonnar 1
#2. Dan Henderson vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 1
#1. Robbie Lawler vs Rory McDonald 2
- Cub Swanson vs Dooho Choi was after I made the list. It would be in the list for sure
- Somehow I skipped over Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit, which should be on my list.
July 11th, 2015
Co-Main Event of UFC 189
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Lawler defends his UFC welterweight belt against McDonald as the co-main event, which was headlined by Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes. It is not often that McGregor gets the show stolen from him, but this fight stole the show. They fought 2 years earlier with Lawler winning by split decision.
The first round begins with both guys circling, trying to find range. McDonla lands three kicks to the body, and a right hands. Lawler lands a right hand, and an inside leg kick. Both guys being patient and hand fighting. McDonald lands a jab and a right hand. Lawler lands a left hook. McDonald misses a shot, and Lawler hits him with a knee. Lawler lands an uppercut. McDonlad lands two push kicks to the body. Lawler lands a hook and a right hand. Very close round. 10-9 Lawler.
Second round begins and Lawler lands two jabs. McDonald lands his own jab. Lawler lands a straight left, and McDonald lands a 3 punch combination. McDonald lands a front kick to the face and a push kick to the body. McDonald lands a straight right to the body, and Lawler counters with a stiff jab. McDonald lands a high kick, but is blasted with a left land. McDonald lands 2 body kicks and follows with a straight right to body. Lawler lands a 1-2 combination. And then both fighters land 1-2 combinations. Lawler lands another 1-2 combination but is blasted by a straight left. McDonald lands another 1-2 combination and Lawler counters with two straight left hands that cuts McDonald open. Lawler follows with another clean 1-2 combination. Both fighters sit in the pocket and exchange bombs, but Lawler got the best of them. Good round. Lawler 10-9
The third round begins, with Lawler landing a straight right. Lawler lands two jabs, and McDonald counters with his own. They exchange clean right hands. McDonald lands a 1-2 combination but is hit with a 3 punch combination from Lawler. McDonald lands a 1-2 combination and Lawler responds with 2 stiff jabs. Lawler stuffs a takedown attempt from McDonald lands a huge left hand. McDonald lands high kick, and follows up with a straight right. Lawler counters with an uppercut. McDonald lands back to back 1-2 combination. McDonald hurts Lawler with a high kick. He follows up with a kick to the body and a right hand that hurts Lawler again. He lands a high kick, and Lawler lands a 1-2 combination. McDonald lands a flying knee and follows up with about 10 unanswered elbows. Lawler lands a left hook, but is hit by a huge uppercut and left hook. Hugh round for McDonald. 10-9 McDonald. Could even be 10-8.
The fourth round begins with McDonald landing a high kick and a straight left that hurts Lawler. Lawler attempts to cover up, and McDonald unloads about 10 unanswered punches including a huge knee the head. Lawler covers up again and is hit with about 10 more punches followed up with a push kick. McDonald lands a high kick and follows with 3 elbow. McDonald lands another head kick and another straight right. McDonald lands another high kick and follows with a superman punch. Lawler lands 3 hooks and follows with a 1-2 combination. McDonald lands a uppercut. Lawler lands a jab and follows up with a hard elbow. McDonald lands a grazing high kick and Lawler responds with a 1-2 punch.They exchange jabs. Lawler stuffs a takedown and lands a 1-2 combination. Lawler lands a left hand. McDonald lands a body kick and they exchange straight left. McDonald lands a right hand. Lawler lands an uppercut, and McDonald lands another grazing high kick. McDonald wins the round 10-9
The fifth round begins with McDonald landing a superman punch and Lawler landing a stiff jab. Both guys start throwing huge haymakers and kicks. They both land big. They break and Lawler lands a 1-2 punch. He lands a left hook and a straight right. Lawler crumbles McDonald with a straight right that shatters McDonald nose. McDonald falls to the ground. Big John McCarthy jumps in and stops the fight. Lawler’s nose is shattered and Lawler’s front lip is destroyed.
Results and Notes:
Lawler wins by 5th round TKO. How is it possible that after a very boring first round, these two guys would put on the greatest fight in history. Watch it, and tell me it isn’t.
Lawler would defend his title on more time against Carlos Condit, before losing it to Tyron Woodley.
McDonald now fights for Bellator.