UFC president Dana White announced today on Twitter that welterweights Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown will be the main event for the July 26 UFC on FOX card in San Jose and that the winner will get the next shot at champion Johny Hendricks. Brown and Lawler are both coming off of big recent victories and share the blood and guts style of fighting that will likely make this bout a thrilling one.
Brown is the owner of the most impressive win-streak of any contender in the welterweight division, having strung together his seventh straight May 10 against Erik Silva in the exciting UFC Fight Night main event. Lawler dominated Jake Ellenberger this past weekend at UFC 173 before finishing him via TKO.
Before that, Lawler lost a close decision to Johny Hendricks in March in one of the most brutal and exciting UFC title fights in history. Prior to that loss, Lawler had won three straight.
One would imagine that Lawler had done enough to earn a title fight next already, but Hendricks is out of action for a bit because of injuries he went into the Lawler fight with. The July 26 date of their showdown means that neither man will have much, if any rest time before heading back into training camp.
Who do you think will walk away with a ticket to a title shot - Brown or Hendricks? Let us know in the comments section!
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