Former champion vs. former champion headlines UFC on Fox as #2 ranked welterweight Robbie Lawler takes on #4 Rafael dos Anjos. In October it was announced the winner of this match will get a shot at current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley making it seem welterweight is one of the divisions treated with respect. UFC on Fox 26, aka UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos, takes place December 16th at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada with two undercard fights webcast at UFC Fight Pass, six prelims broadcast on Fox Sports 1, and the four-fight main card broadcast on Fox.
#2 ranked Robbie Lawler was welterweight champion from December 2014 when he defeated Johny Hendricks through two title defenses before losing the belt to Woodley in July 2016. In the past seventeen months Lawler has only fought once, a unanimous decision over Donald Cerrone at UFC 214 in July that improved his record to 28-11 with 20 of those wins coming by KO/TKO. 27-9 dos Anjos was the lightweight champion from March 2014 through one title defense before losing it to Eddie Alvarez in July 2016. After a follow-up loss to Tony Ferguson that November dos Anjos moved up to welterweight where he has defeated Tarec Saffiedine and #12 ranked Neil Magny.
In the featherweight co-main event #3 ranked Ricardo Lamas faces unranked Josh Emmett. Lamas is 18-5 overall, 9-3 in the UFC with his last two fights being victories. After losing a title fight to Max Holloway at UFC 199 in June 2016 Lamas went on to defeat Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight, two currently unranked featherweights. 12-1 Emmett is 3-1 in the UFC with all three Octagon fights being by decision. Emmett’s only loss was a split decision to former Titan FC champion Desmond Green in April while his follow-up fight in October was a unanimous decision over Felipe Arantes.
Prelims at UFC Fight Pass
- WW: Nordine Taleb vs. Danny Roberts
- WW: Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
Prelims on Fox Sports 1
- MW: Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
- LW: John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
- Flyweight: Tim Elliott vs. Pietro Menga
- WW: Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bofando
- MW: Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart
- LHW: Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
Main card on Fox
- LHW: Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov
- WW: Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry
- FW: Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett
- WW: Robbie Lawler vs. Rafal dos Anjos