When it was announced that Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos are going to fight December 16th, many fans likely wondered if the winner will lock up a title shot. Well, at a press conference on Friday to promote UFC 217, Dana White confirmed the contest is in fact, a welterweight title shot eliminator.
Considering that White had talked about having Lawler fight the current champ, Tyron Woodley next, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Lawler lost the title to Woodley last summer, via a knockout loss, but is coming off a decision win over Donald Cerrone in July.
Dos Anjos, meanwhile, has recorded wins over Tarec Saffiedine and Neil Magny, since he returned to the welterweight division.
Lawler – RDA will headline UFC on FOX 26, which will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.