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Gareth Cavanagh

For some time now the welterweight division has been the most thrilling weight class in the UFC. The momentum of the division is showing no signs of stopping as it continues to deliver the biggest fights in mixed martial arts.

The welterweight championship picture is absolutely enthralling and one of the biggest non-title fights in UFC history is set to take place in this weight class come August.

Although featherweight title holder Conor McGregor is considered the company's biggest draw, Robbie Lawler is the champion everybody should be talking about. He may not have McGregor's mic skills but he consistently has Fight of the Night bouts in defense of his belt.

His second match against Rory MacDonald is a particular stand-out and will no doubt go down as one of the most brutal wars in the history of the sport. It is clear to see that Lawler is the kind of man to do all of his talking inside the Octagon.

With that being said, he does have his moments in interviews. A recent interview ahead of his next title defence brought a moment that has created quite a buzz amongst MMA fans.

When asked what he would do to Conor McGregor should they have faced-off in the cage, Lawler said something that could chill anyone to the bone. The clip of the unnerving moment is below:

The delivery of that remark is enough to make Genghis Khan run for the hills. Lawler will defend his title yet again at UFC 201 against "The Chosen One" Tyron Woodley. This is sure to be an entertaining bout between two explosive fighters.

However, this is not the welterweight fight that is getting the mainstream media attention. Among other things, it was revealed at UFC 199 that the rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor is set.

The much anticipated rematch has been in the works for some time now but it has been met with a number of roadblocks. As negotiations continually broke down it was believed that a deal may not be made.

Whatever conflicts there were have now been resolved and the big money fight will go ahead on August 20. The narrative that has led to this fight has served to hype it even more and I do not believe there is a single MMA fan out there that would not want to see these two go at it again.

Another reason to be excited about the developments in the welterweight division is its presence on the UFC Fight Night Ottawa card. The event, which takes place on Saturday, will see Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson take on Rory MacDonald.

Should Thompson beat MacDonald he will almost certainly propel himself into the welterweight championship picture. Thompson vs. Lawler or Thompson vs. Woodley are both fascinating fights and I think Wonderboy has a good chance of winning in both. Having said that, he first has to go through a resilient opponent in MacDonald and both of his potential opponents should he win are very dangerous.


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