By: Tim Mutohfan
Dana White has confirmed that welterweight contender Rory MacDonald will get his shot at the UFC 170lb title on Canadian soil. The 25 year old Macdonald earned his opportunity for the title after defeating Tarec Saffeidine Saturday night’s Fight Night from Nova Scotia, Canada.
“It’s pretty impossible to deny Rory that, whoever comes out of that Hendricks-Lawler fight, he’s the next guy in line,” said 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.”
Rory MacDonald is 18-2 in his MMA career (9-2 in the UFC), seems to be as ready as he will ever be to jump into championship waters. He has been in there with the very best the UFC welterweight division has to offer. He fell short again current stars Carlos Condit in a fight he was thoroughly dominating only to be stopped with mere seconds to go in the contest, and a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler. Setbacks happen when you enter the rareified air in the best MMA promotion in the world. There is no question he is deserving of this chance. Defeating guys like Jake Ellenberger, Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley is solid proof of that fact. And, there really is no one else. Matt Brown was defeated in his last bout against Robbie Lawler and the aforementioned Carlos Condit is recovering from the knee injury he suffered in a loss against Tyron Woodley.
The question does remain who will he be facing for the title? Well that will be settled December 6th when Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler have their rematch for the welterweight title. The UFC does have an event in Montreal scheduled for March 2015. Montreal seems as good a place as any north of the border.