What more does UFC Welterweight Rory MacDonald (18-2) have to do to secure himself a shot at UFC 170 pound gold? He’s 8-1 in his last 9 and his lone defeat came at the hands of the current UFC Welterweight Champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler. Rory has won 3 straight against BJJ ace Demian Maia, the upstart Tyron Woodley and the Strikeforce standout Tarec Saffiedine.
Rory recently attended UFC 181 to watch the new champion crowned after Lawler defeated former champion Johnny Hendricks via 5 round decision. MacDonald expected to be introduced into the cage after the contest as the next threat to Lawler’s title. However things didn’t happen that way and a rubber match between Lawler and Hendricks was made pushing Rory to the backseat once more. Macdonald verbalized his disgust on Monday’s MMA Hour.
“I was a little bit heartbroken,” MacDonald admitted on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “But it’s okay. Even when I first heard the news that I was promised I was going to get the next title shot, I was skeptical. You can’t always believe what you hear. Things change so often in this sport, you’d be a fool if you believed everything that came out. So I’m not surprised that it happened. But I was pretty sad about it.”
In the Welterweight Championship Rory witnessed, Robbie was able to dictate the pace and fight off numerous take-down attempts en route to a substantial lead on the judges scorecards.
“Honestly I didn’t even (think about the possibility of a trilogy fight),” MacDonald said. “I thought Robbie won the fight pretty clearly in my eyes. I didn’t see why they would want a third fight, at all. I figured, you know, they would definitely want me to fight Robbie after that fight. So it didn’t work out. It didn’t work out like I thought it would.”
The UFC didn’t spend too much time in letting Rory down easy. Blunt and straight to the point was the delivery of the news to MacDonald.
“I didn’t get [a reason],” MacDonald said. “They just said ‘you’re not getting it.’ That’s it. So it was a bit of a waste of my time going [to Las Vegas], wasn’t it? There’s definitely some issues (with the way the UFC awards title shots),” he added, “But I don’t have the answers for how it could change, or whatever. But yeah, I don’t agree with a lot of the things that are done. But, I mean, I’m not in their shoes either, right? So it’s hard for me to say.”
Rory remained professional about the entire ordeal but he couldn’t help but to vent a little frustration. However, the fact remains that he is still a fighter and he will still fight until that coveted UFC gold is around his waist.
“It makes me a little bit bitter about the situation, and probably makes me think about it in a little bit of a negative light. But you know, I’m a little bit pissed off and that’s how I’m dealing with it,” MacDonald said. I don’t know. Just keep watching. I have nothing to say, I don’t know what to say. I just, you know, I’m just going to keep fighting. Whatever. If there’s a belt there afterwards or there’s not, I’m still going to go out there and f**k someone up.”