UFC 174: Rory MacDonald “Had Fun” in Latest Win, Dana White Impressed, But Title Shot Not Next
By FCF Staff
Rory MacDonald made sure that he remains in the title shot mix at UFC 174, as the rising welterweight outscored fellow contender Tyron Woodley for the unanimous decision win.
After the bout, the 24 year-old had this to say about the victory, which was arguably his most impressive to date (quotes via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I had a lot of fun. I’m happy. I was impressed with my training. It showed,” MacDonald told FOX Sports 1. “I felt great. He’s a really good opponent. I had fun training for his style. It was an awesome challenge and a cool obstacle.”
Since MacDonald is currently ranked #2 in the welterweight division, the Tristar fighter was predictably asked about whether he believes a title shot should come next.
“I appreciate there are other guys who have come up and performed well, but I want everyone to know that I’m right there, ready for that shot. I want them to know I’m going to be the champion, if they make me wait for it or not. No one’s going to stop me.”
Dana White, who has been critical of MacDonald in the past, had this to say about the welterweight’s performance.
“He dominated Woodley. He made him not look like he shouldn’t have even been in there. If I had to criticize him at all, he had Woodley wobbled and hurt and MacDonald stood on the outside. Go in there and try to finish him. But he looked good. I liked the way he fought. He’s great.”
Despite the praise, the UFC President confirmed that the winner of the July 26th, Robbie Lawler-Matt Brown fight will challenge champion Johny Hendricks next.
UFC 174 went down at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.