It’s been less than a week since officials announced welterweights Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler would lock horns at UFC 167. However, MacDonald has had his eye on “Ruthless” Robbie for a decade despite only being 24 years old and is well-aware of what the slugger brings into each fight.

“I think it’s a good fight for me. He’s a very tough guy who has been around for a very long time,” said MacDonald to SportsNet. “I’ve been watching him since I was a little kid, you know? He’s another one of those guys I watched growing up that I get to fight. So it’s an honor and I’m looking forward to it.”

Though “Ares” respects Lawler’s accomplishments in the sport, his feelings apparently differ when it comes to his adversary’s overall ability as a Mixed Martial Artist.

“I think it will be a very dominant performance. I think I’ll be able to shut him down in every field of MMA,” predicted MacDonald.

The scouting report on Lawler is no secret. He holds an overall record of 21-9 with eighteen knockouts brought on by his aggressive approach and powerful striking. Meanwhile, MacDonald is 15-1 and has an even number of TKOs/submissions on his record at six apiece.

UFC 167 is scheduled for November 16 in Las Vegas and features welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre putting his belt on the line against Johny Hendricks in the main event.