An injury to welterweight champion Robbie Lawler forced a postponement of his Nov. 15 title defense against Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia.
As he often does, UFC president Dana White turned to women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to fill the void. White said Friday on "SportsCenter" that Rousey's title defense against Holly Holm, which was previously announced as the headliner for UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, will now headline UFC 193 in the 90,000-seat Eithad Stadium.
White told Yahoo Sports on Friday he is not certain when Lawler will fight again, but said it is not a serious injury.
He said when he heard that Lawler needed time to recover, he had no problem granting it. But he needed Rousey to bail him out given the importance the company is placing on UFC 193.
"I swear on my life, I called her today when I thought something might happen and I said to her, 'Hypothetically speaking, ... '" White said. "She interrupts me and said, 'I'll doRead More »from Injury to Robbie Lawler sends Ronda Rousey to Australia to headline UFC 193