Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler official for UFC 167 on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Two welterweights on the cusp of a division title shot are scheduled to bang it out later this year in Las Vegas.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has added a second high-profile welterweight scrap to its upcoming "Sin City" spectacle.

Top 170-pound prospect Rory MacDonald will face off against former middleweight striker Robbie Lawler at the UFC 167: "St. Pierre vs. Hendricks" pay-per-view (PPV), which is scheduled for Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC announced the pairing late last night.

MacDonald (15-1) disposed of division stalwart Jake Ellenberger at the UFC on FOX 8 event last month in Seattle; however, his tepid performance did little to rile up the mixed martial arts (MMA) fan base, despite notching his fifth win in a row with a unanimous decision nod over "The Juggernaut."

Elsewhere on the card...

Lawler (21-9) was also doing work in "Emerald City," scoring a sensational, second-round technical knockout (TKO) win over fellow Strikeforce import Bobby Voelker. It was the second straight finish for "Ruthless," who looks revitalized since dropping down from 185 pounds.

And a win over "Ares" would likely put him very close to a shot at the division title.

UFC 167 will be headlined by a welterweight title fight pitting reigning 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre opposite division number one contender Johny Hendricks. No other bouts have been announced for this card, but expect that to change sooner rather than later.


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