Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos to headline UFC on FOX 26

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The UFC announced today that a battle of former champions will headline the company's next FOX special as Robbie Lawler, the former welterweight champion, will face Rafael dos Anjos, the former lightweight champion. Standing in his way is another former world champion looking to cement his own place at the top of the division. On Thursday morning, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced its headlining bout for UFC on FOX 26 which will take place on December 16 at MTS Centre.

Lawler, meanwhile, is coming off a decision win over Donald Cerrone in July.

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The 35-year-old defended his title twice before losing to Woodley in Fight of the Year candidates against Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit.

Lawler is 9-2 since returning to the octagon after a tour of now-defunct promotions. This is a fight that has the potential to be fantastic, and the victor, could very well lock up a title shot.

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Following RDA's quick, submission win over Neil Magny last month, the former lightweight champ was calling for a bout with welterweight champ, Tyron Woodley.

Dos Anjos promised to make his fight with Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) an entertaining one by pushing the action. Against dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 26, he'll look to string together a couple of wins to work his way back into title contention. But he'll have no trouble with that against Lawler, who's known for his blood-soaked brawls in the octagon.

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