"It was definitely a tough fight. It was definitely up there. I don't want to have to do that in every fight; dig deep and show the kind of heart that I need to show. It's all about going out there and finishing guys. Rory did a great job of pushing me. They put together a great game plan at Tristar. He was obviously in-shape and very tactical. That's why that fight was as good as it was. It was two high-level fighters who were well-prepared to fight."
Elite Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald participated in a knockdown, drag-em-out slugfest at the UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) last July, leading "Red King" to call their co-main event thriller 'the greatest moment of his life.'
It's an early favorite for 2015 Fight of the Year according to the general mixed martial arts (MMA) masses and one type of taxing tilt that "Ruthless" hopes he will never have to endure again during his current reign atop the 170-pound class (via Inside MMA).
Since the summer, the American and his Canadian counterpart have each gone their separate ways, with Lawler suffering a thumb injury, which delayed his second title defense against former interim champion Carlos Condit.
That bout is now the UFC 195 headliner, which takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 2, 2016.
As for MacDonald, well, sources tell the 26-year-old that the current UFC forecast calls for some "Lightning" in 2016.
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