UFC Welterweight Rory Macdonald (17-2) is inching closer to a UFC title shot.
The British Columbia native is on a two fight winning streak and most recently ousted Tyron Woodley at UFC 174 via Unanimous Decision.
Most believed that after the dominating performance over Tyron, the win would send Rory into the number 1 contender’s spot.
It didn’t but Rory could care less, he knows he’s close.
On The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Rory reaffirmed his belief.
“I didn’t really put too much hope into it,” said MacDonald as transcribed by Luke Thomas for MMAFighting. “I was just kind of going with the flow. I have to do what I have to do when I fight. That’s all within my hands. That’s what’s in my control. I try to put on the best performance as I can and try to get to that spot. I think I’m inching my way closer. I’m right there. I’ll fight whoever I have to fight to prove that I’m the best.”
Rory will next face off with Tarec Saffiedine (15-3) at UFC Fight Night 54 and Saffiedine called out Rory specifically to fight him.
Yet again, Rory could care less.
He wants the belt.
“I don’t really think about it, to be completely honest,” said MacDonald. “My hope is just to be fighting for the championship. I don’t really care about people who are ranked below me or whatever. I just want the belt. If other people are calling me out, that’s OK. That’s on them.”
“I’m not going to argue the UFC’s decision on who they want fighting next for the belt, but I really believe that I am the best. When I got that shot, I’m going to make a statement. I’m going to be holding that belt for a long time.”
“I’ve felt that I’ve grown from my two losses in the UFC. It’s been a positive thing. All my fights since then and my fights going forward will be better.”
“I’m in the hunt mode. I feel like right now in the last couple of fights, I’m really hungry. I’m really focused. I’m here for the kill.
“I’m coming for the belt. I’m going to demolish everyone I have to to get to that point.”
Robbie Lawler will fight for the UFC Welterweight Title next in a rematch with Johnny Hendricks while Rory continues his title trek.