UFC 189 will be held on July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The even will be headlined by a huge featherweight title fight plus a welterweight title fight. This is all part of a rather large card that will feature ten different fights.
Aldo vs. McGregor
The big fight here will be between UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. Aldo has already defended his title seven times and has not lost a single bout since 2005. Three of his last five wins have been by decision.
McGregor has been a real knockout artist in recent time. He has won four of his five last matches by knockouts through punches. Three of those fights were resolved in the first round.
Lawler vs. MacDonald
Robbie Lawler, the UFC Welterweight champion, will be defending his title against Rory MacDonald. Lawler won the title in December with a split decision over Johny Hendricks.
MacDonald has struggled to complete knockouts of submissions in recent time. Five of his last six matches were resolved by decision.
This is actually the second time these two have faced each other. In 2013, Lawler won a split decision of MacDonald during UFC 167.
Other Big Fights
There will be eight other fights during UFC 189. The order of the fights on the card has yet to be determined as of May 2015. Five of these fights will be welterweight fights. One of them will feature Matt Brown, the #5 ranked welterweight, competing against Tim Means. There will also be a bantamweight fight where Thomas Almeida will put his 18-0 record on the line against Brad Pickett.
The fighters for this event will be coming from all corners of the world. These include Gunnar Nelson from Iceland in a welterweight fight with John Hathaway plus the Dominican Republic’s Alex Garcia taking on Mike Swick. In fact, the main events at this event entail fighters from four different countries. Aldo, McGregor, Lawler and MacDonald are respectively from Brazil, Ireland, the United States and Canada.