Dana White: Rory Macdonald gets Title Shot in Canada
UFC BREAKING NEWS: Toronto, Canada
Rory MacDonald (Ares) is finally getting his UFC shot at the Welterweight Title, and it will happen in Canada.
UFC president Dana White has confirmed Rory will fight the winner of the UFC 181 main event between 170-pound champion Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks and No. 1 contender Robbie (Ruthless) Lawler.
Hendricks and Lawler will face off December 6th in a rematch of UFC 171 that decided the successor to Georges St-Pierre.
MacDonald, who is currently ranked #2 among the division has won three straight and eight of his last nine in the UFC. An impressive record and certainly worthy of the chance to fight for the Championship.
“It’s pretty impossible to deny Rory that, whoever comes out of that Hendricks-Lawler fight, he’s the next guy in line,” Dana said to the Canadian Press today.
Only two Canadians have held a UFC Championship belt, Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Newton. Rory is aiming to join their ranks in his next matchup.
Near misses were Featherweight Mark (The Machine) Hominick, Montreal middleweight Patrick (The Predator) Cote, and Alexis Davis in failed bids for UFC titles.
Rory has just come off a decisive win against #9 ranked Tarec Saffiedine.
Dana White: “I have a lot of respect for Saffiedine,” White said. “That’s guy’s tough to deal with. Rory just absolutely made him look like he didn’t belong there. He actually treated him like No. 9.”
In pure Dana style, he continued to say the MacDonald title bout would “absolutely, positively, without a doubt, be in Canada. He’s next in line and that fight will be in Canada.”
No date has been set but the UFC has a March date reserved in Montreal .. it won’t be hard to connect the dots (wink), but of course any date has everything to do with the outcome of the UFC 181 bout and the post-fight health of the either Champion.
While MacDonald has not faced Hendricks, he did lose to a split decision to Lawler when they met at UFC 167 in November 2013.
“One day, very soon the belt will be mine,” MacDonald was quoted as saying after winning a unanimous decision over Woodley at UFC 174 in June.
After beating Saffiedine, Rory, in uncharacteristic fashion, indicated he was the logical contender for the belt. So out of character, that from my standpoint the comments felt as though they were coached. “Rory, time to chat this up a bit, you’ve earned it!”. I know that’s what I’d be telling him.
It’s hard to argue with the UFC’s decision. Carlos Condit at #4 has fought for the title and lost and is currently recovering from a knee injury. Matt Brown at #5 lost to Lawler and #6 Hector Lombard is set to face Josh Burkman at UFC 182 in January.
Of course with GSP on a long-term vacation from the sport .. Rory MacDonald can take this fight and keep his promise intact “I’d never fight my friend”. So then imagine the return of GSP while Rory holds the belt (??) what a story that would become!
Rory v GSP? You heard it here first.