Robbie Lawler has responded to Rory MacDonald’s accusations.
The former UFC welterweight title contender and current Bellator star have explained exactly why he thinks that former UFC welterweight champion was on performance-enhancing drugs when the two fought inside the world-famous octagon back at UFC 189 for the UFC welterweight title in 2015.
For those who might not remember, in August during a Reddit AMA, MacDonald was asked by a fan if he believes Lawler was on PEDs for the fight, to which he responded that he is ‘convinced’ he was.
As seen in the fight, MacDonald seemed to have the fight won heading into the fifth round on the judges’ scorecards. But, after suffering a broken nose and taking repeated shots to the face from Lawler, the pain was too much to endure, which led to him being finished just a minute into the round.
Lawler has passed all 21 USADA drug tests that he has taken dating back to 2015. If you recall, their bout at UFC 189 was right after the UFC brought in USADA to run its anti-doping program.
“He never slowed down,” MacDonald said to MMA Fighting earlier this month. “I would hurt him, and his output was high, high, high and he never really lost power and endurance. He just kept the pace and kept the power no matter how hurt or tired he was. He always was recovered very fast. It made me very suspicious.
“Obviously, I think Robbie is a tank of a person. He’s got that fire and that will and the rage and that anger in him that burns and pushes him through those hard moments. He’s an absolute warrior. I’m not disagreeing with that. But I do believe he was taking some sh*t.”
Lawler stated in a recent interview that he isn’t worried about MacDonald trying to sully it.
“I think he’s just kinda trying to figure out why things happened the way they happened,” Lawler said this week on The TSN MMA Show when asked about MacDonald’s PED accusations. “And he’s finding a different way to cope with it.”
Lawler is moving on as he is scheduled to face Rafael dos Anjos in a No. 1 contender’s fight in the main event of UFC on FOX 26, which is set to take place on December 16, 2017, at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.