Saturday night in Ottawa, former teammates Rory MacDonald and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson will square off in a highly anticipated matchup of welterweight contenders that will likely see the next welterweight title challenger crowned.
The winner of MacDonald vs. Thompson will likely be facing the winner of UFC 201’s Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley scrap, which takes place July 30th in Atlanta, Georgia.
MacDonald and Thompson spoke to FOX Sports to discuss Lawler vs. Woodley:
Rory MacDonald: “I definitely think Tyron poses a threat,” MacDonald told FOX Sports. “He’s got serious power in his hands. Robbie can sometimes be careless because he likes to get in those dog fights.
“If he puts himself out there and gets hit with one of those shots, it could be over really fast. I do give the striking edge to Robbie, but I don’t count out Tyron. So we’ll see what happens.”
Stephen Thompson: “Tyron’s been out for a while. He was supposed to fight last October. He hasn’t fought since I think the (Kelvin) Gastelum fight so it’s been a while. To go in there and fight somebody who’s been fighting consistently with heavy hands, great takedown defense, I just don’t see Tyron going out there and finishing it off,” Thompson said. “Everybody knows he’s very explosive but he’s been known to gas out. I know the last fight when he fought Gastelum, he wanted to show he had cardio but even that was controversial. Some people thought Gastelum won it. I thought Gastelum won it.
“I see Lawler coming out with a win.”
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