This Saturday night (June 14, 2014) from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, top-ranked UFC welterweights Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley will go to war in the co-main event of UFC 174.
When the bout was booked following Woodley’s UFC 171 win over former interim champ Carlos Condit, it was largely thought that the next contender to Johny Hendricks’ belt would emerge from it.
However, unfortunately for MacDonald and Woodley, that honor was bestowed upon the recently scheduled Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown headliner at July’s UFC on FOX 12.
With welterweight arguably being the most stacked division in all of MMA right now, title shots are going to be incredibly hard to come by. If top fighters like the No. 2 MacDonald and No. 3 Woodley don’t earn one with a win in a fight like this, then they’ll probably have to face and defeat another Top 5 challenger to get their coveted shot at gold, if not more.
But that’s the fight game, and it’s tough to deny Lawler, who nearly had the belt at UFC 171, or Brown, who has won seven straight fights, their opportunity.
So what do you think? Should the shot have gone to MacDonald or Woodley, or did the UFC do what was right in making Lawler vs. Brown a title eliminator bout?
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