The fight will headline UFC on FOX 26, which will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dos Anjos (27-9) is also a former champion, at the 155-pound lightweight division. This news was announced by the UFC on Thursday morning.
One of the most impressive career comeback stories of recent years, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler (28-11 (1)) captured the UFC's 170lb title against Johny Hendricks in December 2014, and went on to defend the belt twice the following year. The 35-year-old brawler then returned to "The Octagon" almost a year to the day later and proceeded to defeat Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone via unanimous decision.
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Since moving up, dos Anjos is 2-0, including a one-sided submission victory over Neil Magny at UFC 215 last month. Against dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 26, he'll look to string together a couple of wins to work his way back into title contention. This is a fight that has the potential to be fantastic, and the victor, could very well lock up a title shot.
He's now ranked No. 1 at welterweight, and will look to solidify a rematch with the now injured "Chosen One" against No. 5 dos Anjos, who has looked extremely rejuvenated at welterweight after ditching the draining cut to 155 pounds, where he was champion, following two straight losses. UFC Winnipeg, otherwise known as UFC on Fox 26, takes place December 16. Now operating out of Henri Hooft's Combat Club, Lawler has won six of his past seven bouts, a knockout loss to Tyron Woodley his only misstep.