Robbie Lawler has done nothing but impress the last couple of years, but the UFC’s welterweight champ is looking to really turn heads on July 11th, when he scraps Rory MacDonald.

Lawler will make his first title defense at UFC 189, after he worked his way to a split decision win over Johny Hendricks in December to win the belt. Although Lawler’s stock has never been higher, until the heavy handed fighter defends the belt a couple of times, he’ll still have some doubters. A lot of people had Hendricks winning their rematch, and Lawler narrowly got by MacDonald in their first meeting back in 2013.

Well, perhaps this is why Lawler relayed the following, while speaking to recently:

“It’s always the plan,” said Lawler, while discussing his never ending search for the finish. “The one thing I want to do is go out there and finish people. I don’t want to leave it up to the judges; I want to get in his face and either get a submission or knock somebody out. I want to put a stamp on this fight.”

“I don’t need people to doubt me in order for me to wake up and work harder every day,” he said. “That’s inner strength that I have. I don’t need any extra motivation from the naysayers. I’m self-motivated. None of that stuff matters.”

It’s going to be fascinating to see how Lawler-MacDonald II goes down. Despite the fact Lawler holds a win over MacDonald, and is the champ, clearly the oddsmakers aren’t completely sold either. Heading into the bout, MacDonald is the favorite in the -175 to -210 range…

UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Oh ya, it will also see Conor McGregor fight Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight belt.