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Friday, 02/21/2014, 10:37 am

MacDonald: Maia A Stepping Stone To Title

The always-calculated Rory MacDonald knows he can get back on track Saturday at UFC 170.

MacDonald was knocking on the door for a title shot in the welterweight division before Robbie Lawler derailed things with a split decision win over the Canadian in November at UFC 167.

MacDonald faces Demian Maia this weekend and, as he told The Great Debate Podcast, the Brazilian is the perfect stepping stone toward getting back near the top.

“I think he’s a great fighter. He’s one of the top guys in the welterweight division, and a win over him will put me right back at the top, hopefully for a title,” MacDonald said. “The door is open. The opportunity is right there; it’s just about seizing it. I’m going to take the first step to that with trying to knock out Demian Maia.“[This camp] was a much better experience. A huge difference. I’m real happy with this one. Hopefully on fight day it’s all the same.”

 

Should a win over Maia put MacDonald next in line for a crack at the welterweight belt? Or is that spot reserved for the winner of Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley?

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9 Comments to MacDonald: Maia A Stepping Stone To Title

  1. swaxbagga says:

    Im a big fan of rory, but I think he would need at least 1 more big win after this to get a title shot. It could possibly happen though if woodley pulled off the upset over condit.

    • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

      If Rory beats Maia, I think he needs to fight the loser of Hendricks/Lawler. Then get a title shot or the winner of Condit/Woodley before the title. I don’t see any of them beating Hendricks though, GSP couldn’t and Hendricks held back. Condit would get KO’d, Rory is a lesser version of GSP. Lawler could change all that though.

      • Keep it Real says:

        I completely agree…..It makes perfect sense both on a performance standpoint, but a timeline standpoint as well.

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          It’s a good time for the WW this year. I can see a Hendricks, Lawler, McD and maybe a longshot in Condit as champs by the end of 2014. But Hendricks is the most likely choice. He seems hungry and has learned his lesson about holding back on GSP when he should have finished him.

      • Cesar says:

        Well Condit fucked Hendricks up, he was just sitting on top of Carlos

  2. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Personally, Maia is a great person. I remember when he first came into the league, he would say he did not want to hurt his opponent, only beat him. That’s a high quality character person knowing that the other guy probably wants to hurt him. Plus, he speaks English pretty well, that shows intelligence. I like him as a person, but NOT as a fighter. His HugnRub style is boring and that shit needs to stood up more often. Maia is getting older and he is big at 70, but McD is even bigger. I see Maia getting beat, probably a UD.

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