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Rory MacDonald Confirmed for Welterweight Title Shot

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(Rory MacRonald in victory over Demian Maia)

Following a dominating KO victory over Tarec Saffiedine in UFC Fight Night: Halifax, Canada, Dana White has confirmed that Rory MacDonald (18-2) will get a title shot against the winner of UFC 181’s Robbie Lawler vs. Johnny Hendricks. “Ares” has been on a roll in the UFC, winning 8 of his last 9 fights over major names like Nate Diaz, B.J. Penn, Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley before taking his last KO win over Tarec Saffiediene.

(UFC 133 Weigh-ins, Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
(UFC 133 Weigh-ins, Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

White told the Canadian Press on Wednesday: “It’s pretty impossible to deny Rory that, whoever comes out of that Hendricks-Lawler fight, he’s the next guy in line.” To sweeten the deal, the welterweight contender will have the chance to earn the title in his home country: “absolutely, positively, without a doubt, be in Canada. He’s next in line and that fight will be in Canada.”

Robbie has never fought against Johnny Hendricks, but he has lost a split decision to Robbie Lawler in UFC 167. While he has lost the close bout with Lawler, there appears to be no quest for vengeance on his part. In a recent interview with MMA fighting, he has stated he has no preference on who he would face for a title shot: “I just want to fight the best man, so, whoever.”

(Rory MacDonald lands a textbook headkick on BJ Penn, photo via fightnetwork.com)
(Rory MacDonald lands a textbook headkick on BJ Penn, photo via fightnetwork.com)

While fans of “RoMac” eagerly await the results of Robbie Lawler vs. Johnny Hendricks, Rory will face multiple time no-gi champion J.T. Torres in a no-gi grappling match at Metamoris 5. Metamoris has showcased numerous world-class grapplers as well as big MMA names with competitors like Chael Sonnen, Josh Barnett and Brendan Schaub. Rory MacDonald is a no-gi jiu-jitsu black belt under David Lea, and an honest-to-goodness grappling battle will be sure to keep his skills on point for the cage. Visit Metamoris.com for more info on Rory’s matchup at Metamoris 5.

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Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.