Welterweight rising star Rory MacDonald is dripping confidence about his upcoming fight with powerhouse Tyron Woodley at UFC 174 this summer. MacDonald has been hovering around the top spot in the division for a long time now, never seeming to get over the final plateau to a championship fight and a belt. But now, Rory feels like he has passed that obstacle in his career and is better than ever.
“I definitely feel like I’m hitting my stride now this year,” MacDonald said. “My focus is at an all-time high, and I couldn’t be happier. Ranked as the No. 2 contender or whatever in the world, it’s very exciting for me.”
MacDonald is going to be facing Tyron Woodley (13-2), who is best known for his blinding speed and heavy hands, and many feel that Woodley’s power may be a bit too much for the 16-2 MacDonald. However, MacDonald feels that he is prepared to take whatever Woodley may bring to the cage.
“I have a handful of techniques that will work really well against that style of fighter,” MacDonald said. “I’m very pleased to be matched up with him, and I’m very confident in winning that fight.
“I’ll be in good shape for that fight, very focused and very hungry for the victory.
MacDonald already has his eyes set on the ultimate prize after his match-up with Woodley: Welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks.
“When I beat Woodley, hopefully [I get a title shot] in the fall or winter in Toronto or Montreal,” MacDonald said.
“Hendricks is a great fighter. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s definitely a good fighter, and I’m excited to see him in the future.”
And while Rory is a training partner and friend to the former champ Georges St. Pierre, he doesn’t feel the need to “fill his shoes” or fight the same fight as St. Pierre to make a statement in this division.
“I’m striving to be a champion in the welterweight division,” MacDonald said. “I don’t want to fill Georges’ shoes. That’s an impossible task. I don’t want to be Georges. I want to be myself. I want to represent my style of martial arts and my own personality.
“Georges was probably the greatest champion ever, and he’s been a great person for me to learn from, train beside and watch fight over the years. He’s a model for Canadian fighters, and I just hope I can be as dominant as him in the cage.”
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