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MacDonald Feels Wrong Person Got Title Shot

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Welterweight Rory MacDonald is set to fight Stephen Thompson next with the winner likely to be the next man to challenge for the welterweight title.

In the meantime, champion Robbie Lawler will next defend against Tyron Woodley, who MacDonald believes wasn’t who should have received the title fight:

I thought they were going to give it to Demian Maia,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie. “I was a bit surprised that Woodley got it. But the champ needs to stay busy, wants to fight, and Woodley was patiently waiting. He was ready. It’s how it plays out. Sometimes it’s not always the rightful guy gets the shot. You look at boxing, they have like tune-up fights in between their title fights. They’re not always fighting the No. 1 guy year around.

“It’s a little different in our sport. Everyone thinks it always has to be the next guy, because it’s the next top guy. Woodley’s a good challenge. I’m not saying it’s not going to be a good fight, I just would have expected Demian to be the next guy because of his success.”

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