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For Robbie Lawler, the idea of being UFC welterweight champion is one he’s thought about for years.

But that doesn’t mean holding the title will change “Ruthless” one bit.

Lawler will defend his title at UFC 189 against Rory MacDonald. He improved to 25-10 this past December with a split decision victory over Johny Hendricks that netted him the title.

“I’ll fight in the streets,” said Lawler, during the UFC 189 World Tour. “I’ll fight anywhere. I’m a fighter and that’s what I do.”

Lawler has picked up three straight wins and is 6-1 in his last seven overall, losing only a decision to Hendricks last year. In 2013, he earned a split decision over MacDonald that catapulted him into the title fight with “Bigg Rigg.”

“Rory is from one of the best camps in the world,” he said. “I need to mix it up. I have to be smart and strategic, but I’m going to do what it took me to get to this point.

“I’m going to keep working hard, training hard and keep my belt. When the Octagon door closes, I will be ready to fight.”

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Conor McGregor has finished each of his last three opponents, including two inside of the first round.

Jose Aldo, McGregor’s opponent at UFC 189 and the reigning featherweight champion, has recorded just two finishes since signing with the promotion in 2011.

That hasn’t gone unnoticed by “Notorious.”

“As far as I am concerned, he is a coaster,” said McGregor, during the World Tour. “He has not finished anybody. He only has one legit finish. When I hit, they fall.

“When he hits, they don’t. He has 25 minutes to hide that chin from me. He hasn’t stopped anybody in five years, how is he going to stop me?”

Both of McGregor’s career losses have been via submission, with the last one coming in 2010. He’s stopped 11 of his opponents since, pushing his overall record to 17-2.

Some have wondered if all the hoopla surrounding the Irish fighter is staged to create talk and interest.

“There’s no character,” McGregor said. “That’s who I am. I’ll speak the truth and have a little fun also. Whether there are cameras here or not, I’m still the same.”

McGregor’s topped Dennis Siver, Dustin Poirier, Diego Brandao, Max Holloway and Marcus Brimage over the last two years, and each time, it has appeared as if his opponent is psyched out before the bout starts.

“When you sign up to fight me, it’s a whole different ballgame,” he said. “It just swarms people. They start shrinking in their seat. Their eyes start watering. They bottom lip starts quivering.

“They are fighting McGregor now; I feel them crumble every time.”

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UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has withstood the challenges of Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas and Kenny Florian.

Does he believe what Conor McGregor possesses makes him the one to take him down?

Not really.

Aldo and McGregor, who are on a whirl-wind tour to promote their UFC 189 main event, have gone back-and-forth countless times already. The Brazilian, who is the only person to hold the UFC 145-pound title, doesn’t see much of a threat before him.

“He is not as good as he things he is,” Aldo said, during a stop in Rio de Janeiro. “His talk is what got him here. He’s just another one in the way.”

Despite his perfect Octagon mark and 10-year unbeaten streak, Aldo’s still been overshadowed when it comes to talk of the best of the best. He believes, though, his opportunity is one that will help make him a household name.

“I think this is going to be the biggest fight in UFC history, definitely in this division,” he said. “I don’t speak English, so that is a problem. I feel that Ronda (Rousey) and Jon (Jones) are big because they can communicate. If you go to Brazil, I am bigger than both of them there.”

The media tour started in Brazil and has already made stops in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. And, with several more to make, Aldo feels the excitement already.

“We are in L.A. and not even to the middle of the world tour, and I can already feel all the buzz about it,” he said. “It’s not only the most important featherweight fight, but the most important fight of all time.

“Bring it on. I’m loving this. I’m here to do my job. I’m the only champion this division will see until I decide to retire.”

wsof 19

Justin Gaethje defends his World Series of Fighting lightweight title this Saturday night against Luis Palomino in the main event of WSOF 19.

Also, the first semifinal in the tournament to crown a light heavyweight champion will take place, as Thiago Silva battles Matt Hamill in a rematch of a fight won by Silva in the UFC.

Check out the complete card, along with a video preview, below:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/9 p.m. ET)

WSOF Lightweight Championship
Justin Gaethje (c) vs. Luis Palomino

WSOF Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamill

Light Heavyweight: Jake Heun vs. Teddy Holder

Bantamweight: Ed West vs. Timur Valiev

PRELIMINARY CARD (NBCSports.com/6 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Eddie Arizmendi vs. Clifford Starks

Lightweight: Benny Madrid vs. Jimmy Spicuzza

Middleweight: Joe Gigliotti vs. Brendan Tierney

Flyweight: Andres Ponce vs. Juan Archuleta

Light Heavyweight: Dan Huber vs. Israel Aquino

Middleweight: Matthew Frincu vs. Eric Regan

Bantamweight: Joe Madrid vs. Erik Villalobos

joe warren

After taking a few weeks off, Bellator returns with Bellator 135 this Friday night on Spike TV.

The main card will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion Joe Warren and Marcao Galvao. This marks the second meeting between the two fighters.

Also, L.C. Davis takes on Hideo Tokoro, Francis Carmont meets Guilherme Viana and Ryan Couture battles Dakota Cochrane.

Check out the complete fight card, along with a look back at the first Warren-Galvao contest:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Bantamweight Championship
Joe Warren (c) vs. Marcos Galvao

Bantamweight: L.C. Davis vs. Hideo Tokoro

Light Heavyweight: Francis Carmont vs. Guilherme Viana

Lightweight: Ryan Couture vs. Dakota Cochrane

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/6:30 p.m.)

Welterweight: Sean Holden vs. Tim Roman

Middleweight: Neal Ewing vs. Logan Nail

Featherweight: Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Alejandro Villalobos

Featherweight: Stephen Banaszak vs. Brad Mitchell

Flyweight: Klayton Mai vs. Xavier Siller

Bantamweight: J.P. Cole vs. Geo Pacurariu

Heavyweight: Rashad Coulter vs. Jeremiah O’Neal

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