Rory MacDonald put himself back into the title picture on Saturday night with his dominant win over Demian Maia at UFC 170.
Just a few days later “Aries” made his intentions perfectly clear for what he has planned next, when he asked Dana White to give him the next title shot against the winner of Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler at UFC 172.
MacDonald could very well be in Lawler’s position right now but “Ruthless” proved to be too much for “Aries” when they fought, taking a split-decision win over the Canadian at UFC 167.
However, last night MacDonald’s friend and training partner, former welterweight champion Georges St Pierre, appeared on UFC Central and told host Showdown Joe that despite the loss, he still believes the 24-year old is not far away from being champion:
“I think so. I think he is [ready]. I think Rory will be champion soon.” St-Pierre said. “His loss to [Robbie] Lawler made him much better, I believe. I believe he’s got all the tools to be champion and I think he will.”
The loss to Lawler was a huge setback for MacDonald, who was riding a 5-fight win streak at the time, but it may have been a blessing in disguise for “Aries” as he seems to have learnt and come back stronger from his defeat.
In his fight against Maia we saw a totally different MacDonald, he looked hungry and was going for the finish, if “Mac” keeps it up a title shot will come very quickly.
Lawler and Hendricks are set to battle it out in just over two weeks time at UFC 171. “Big Rigg” is a big favorite heading into the fight, which comes as no big surprise given his performance against St-Pierre at UFC 167.
“GSP” also thinks Hendricks will have the edge in the fight but reminds people anything can happen:
“They both have the power to knock each other out standing up.” St-Pierre said. “I see Johny as having an advantage in the wrestling and grappling departments, because of his experience. They’re both southpaws but it’ll be interesting.”
“Sometimes we can speculate where the fight will go and everything, but it all comes down to the night of the fight. You never know what’s going to happen 100%. You don’t know what’s going to happen in each guy’s life. Sometimes things can affect a fight. You don’t know.”
What do you think, do you agree with the former champion?