Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is hoping to unclog its backed-up welterweight division, by pitting two of its top contenders against one another at the upcoming UFC 174 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on June 14, 2014, inside the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
How does Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley sound?
According to Steven Marrocco, that's a slobberknocker the promotion "wants" for its return to "Hollywood North," which gives reigning 170-pound champion Johny Hendricks something to look forward to when he returns from the sidelines this fall.
After losing his place in line against Robbie Lawler last November, MacDonald (16-2) got back into the win column by outworking Demian Maia on the UFC 170 main card last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Beating the Brazilian pushed his Octagon record to 7-2 and re-inserted him back into "the mix."
But he's not the only one.
Woodley (13-2) also resurrected his title hopes after a rough patch from 2012-2013. "The Chosen One" brushed off a split-decision loss to Jake Shields by knocking out former division number one contender Josh Koscheck, then followed that up with a technical knockout win (injury) over former interim champion Carlos Condit.
Two talented welterweights, one shot at the title.
Nothing is official at this time; however, considering the UFC rankings (see them here), it would be hard for either fighter to argue an alternate match-up while keeping their spot in the title chase. In addition, "Bigg Rigg" is out of action thanks to a bum bicep and the show must go on.
Do you, as a fight fan, like this potential 170-pound pairing?