The UFC have announced two blockbuster title fights to headline their UFC 189 pay-per-view later this year.
The main event will be Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will fight for the UFC Featherweight title, in one of the most fiercely anticipated clashes in the division's history.
And just before that fight, Robbie Lawler will defend his newly won UFC Welterweight title against Rory MacDonald in a rematch of their 2013 bout, which ended via split decision.
UFC bringing out the big guns
With these two fights, it's clear that the UFC want to start the second half of the year on a much brighter note than it has been thus far. These two fights could sell PPV buys on their own as separate main events, let alone combined, and fans will be clamouring to see a card which could still be stacked even further.
McGregor and MacDonald have some of the most passionate fans in the UFC today, with MacDonald's title shot seemingly coming as a result of fan's backlash to a third straight fight between Lawler and Johny Hendricks.
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Right place, right time for Rory
That fight was never confirmed officially but Dana White was shocked by the response and soon after, Hendricks had a fight booked with Matt Brown.
Then Hector Lombard failed a drugs test post-UFC 183, the same card headlined by Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, and that left the UFC needing a summer fight for Lawler.
One can't say that the stars haven't aligned for Rory thus far, even though he's rightfully won the right to be called number one contender in back-to-back fights, it's taken a lot to finally get him on that pedestal.
Vegas is the venue, no home crowds allowed
Despite there being interest in the UFC going to Ireland for McGregor's fight with Aldo and MacDonald wanting to fight in Canada, they've had to settle for Vegas.
For McGregor, that's not likely to be too much of a problem as fans will have already been expected to flock to Vegas anyway.
It's also a neutral ground as Aldo won't have the home support of any Brazilian fans, as much as McGregor loves winding them up as well.
On the side of things, MacDonald will likely have to win the title before the UFC books out a Canadian arena for him to headline a PPV card in his home country.
Still, he has the opportunity, like McGregor, to win it all and start calling some shots like a champion should. If the UFC is serious about a wider international expansion then expect them to be backing McGregor and MacDonald.
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