UFC 167    November 16, 2013
Rory MacDonald


Real interesting fight. If you're picking Rory MacDonald, you're somewhat forced to do it based on skills he hasn't necessarily shown yet but you assume he has. The best way to avoid a Robbie Lawler knockout is obvious -- put him on his back. That's tough to do, especially with MacDonald's takedowns. He has great technique on his single leg, he's strong and quick with it, but he's never really shown that Georges St-Pierre power double, which would be nice to have against Lawler. The jab and right head kick from the back foot are great range setters for MacDonald, and his footwork is top-notch. If Lawler can force him backward, though, and prevent him from circling away, he'll have plenty of chances to land.
-- Brett Okamoto


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