Dropping down to 170 pounds after struggling at middleweight in Strikeforce was clearly the right move for Lawler. He’s 3-0 in the Octagon with a pair of knockouts and an outpointing of MacDonald, the man many consider to be an uncrowned champion who would have already fought for the belt were it not for his friendship with Georges St-Pierre. While Lawler’s name has been thrown around for a potential title-shot, he needs another high-profile win to truly cement his status as a top contender. The one name standing out above all others in that regard is Hector Lombard. Like Lawler, he comes to bang and is always looking for a finish. The former Bellator champ looked fantastic in his welterweight debut, plus he has the right kind of resume as a man who could either be a stepping stone for Lawler en route to a championship clash or earn one himself with a convincing performance against “Ruthless” Robbie.
Every victory at UFC 167 was notable for one reason or another. Ironically, the biggest win at the show was awarded to the least deserving competitor when welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre received a controversial Split Decision nod despite appearing to come up short against contender Johny Hendricks. Take a look at what might be next for GSP as well as some of his UFC peers who happened to exit the event with a raised hand. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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