On Friday night, following the UFC 193 weigh-ins, UFC President Dana White took to the mic during a fan Q&A and revealed the UFC was targeting a welterweight matchup between Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard in the near future.

MacDonald (18-3), a Tristar product, will be looking to get back into the win column after suffering fifth round knockout at the hands of reigning champion Robbie Lawler in their thrilling UFC 189 title fight. Both men garnered critical acclaim for their performance, earning a Fight of the Night bonus in the process, while finding themselves on the shortlist for Fight of the Year.

Prior to this setback, “The Red King” earned a violent third round knockout over former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine last October. MacDonald will enter this contest 13 career stoppage wins, including seven by way of (T)KO.

Lombard (35-4), the former Bellator middleweight champion, is currently serving a suspension for testing positive for the anabolic steroid desoxymethyltestosterone following his decision win over Josh Burkman at UFC 182. As a result, his victory was overturned to a No Contest.

Prior to this failed test, “Showeather” earned a dominant decision against Jake Shields and a blistering knockout over Nate Marquardt. He will enter this contest with 26 career stoppage wins, including 19 by way of (T)KO.

There is currently no word on where and when this fight will take place.

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