Prior to UFC on FOX 8 there was widespread discussion regarding what might come next for Rory MacDonald, if he beat fellow welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger on July 27th. The reason being that if MacDonald scored a huge win, he could fight for the championship sometime soon, which is currently held by his teammate and buddy Georges St. Pierre. Since the two have said they don’t want to fight, some tough decisions would have to be made.
Well, although MacDonald emerged with a unanimous decision win, there wasn’t any talk of a title shot coming, due to the fact the sluggish fight was blasted by fans and UFC boss man Dana White. Instead, MacDonald was booked to fight the relentless finisher Robbie Lawler at UFC 167, the same night that GSP will fight Johny Hendricks.
While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, MacDonald made it clear he’s received the message:
“If I continue to have exciting fights and dominant fights and winning, I think I’m very close [to a title shot],” said MacDonald, who has won five straight bouts. “It really depends on how the fights go.”
“There was a lot of criticism about [my most recent fight],” MacDonald said. “I’ve taken some advice to be a little more exciting, a little more aggressive and also balancing it with being a technical fighter, so there was a lot to learn from that fight.”
It’s an extremely important fight for both men, and if MacDonald takes out Lawler in impressive fashion and GSP keeps the belt, could “Ares” be headed to 185?
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