UFC scrap Lawler-Hendricks III, does it opens path for Rory MacDonald?

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The UFC has back-pedalled on plans to finish the Robbie Lawler-Johny Hendricks rivalry with a trilogy later this year, after facing a backlash from fans clamouring for something different in the welterweight division.

UFC President, Dana White had announced that the two would meet for the third time later this year, bypassing Rory MacDonald, but they didn't expect such a negative response.

The two fighters dominated the title scene for 2014 and many were fearful of 2015 being more the same but instead, it seems as the UFC is going to let fate decide.

Rory may finally get his chance

The news will be welcomed by fans of MacDonald, who after twice winning supposed 'title fight eliminators', was in danger of being overlooked once again and leaving him 'heartbroken'.

But after White expressed his shock at the fan outrage, hope has emerged with the announcement that Hendricks will instead fight Matt Brown at UFC 185.

Although, fans shouldn't be too happy just yet as it would appear the Canadian will still have to go through Hector Lombard at UFC 186 in April.

Lawler's decision to rest up a bit and fight in the summer has played a big part in the move, with the new champ deciding that he needs more time to make his first defence at anything approaching full fitness.

The newly-crowned champion fought four times in just under nine months and three of those went for five, five minute rounds.

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Hendricks will fight his way back to the top

Brown is one of the fighters that Lawler had to beat after losing the initial fight to Hendricks at UFC 171 and is currently ranked #6 by the UFC.

As well as Lawler wanting to rest up and fan backlash, Hendricks' desire to fight in Dallas, where he captured the Welterweight title at UFC 171, meant that a fight with Brown was set up in the mean time.

It will be interesting to see where the UFC go from here and whether or not MacDonald and Lombard fight.

If they do and Hendricks wins, then they're leaving themselves with two creditable number one contenders at the same time and it's not likely we're going to be seeing any MMA Triple Threat matches.

The welterweight division is brimming with huge potential match-ups in 2015, without even mentioning the potential return of Georges St-Pierre. It's definitely a good time to be a fan of mixed martial arts right now.

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