Rory MacDonald recently declared himself the rightful owner of the next title fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division after Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler vie for the vacant crown at UFC 171 on March 15, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
That's if Nick Diaz doesn't beat him to it.
But according to Tyron Woodley, both of them are "sharing the same bag of weed" if they think they can jump in front of him, or Carlos Condit, for that matter, in the welterweight title chase. Furthermore "T-Wood" says should he defeat Condit at UFC 171, that's more important than defeating Demian Maia any day of the week.
Woodley expressed his opinion during today's (March 5, 2014) UFC 171 media conference call (replay):
"I think Rory needs to get out of here to be honest. Carlos finished Rory. I think he has a very short memory. He got finished by Carlos and he just lost to Robbie. In the event that Carlos wins and in the event Robbie wins, what's his stance then? He lost to both of those guys. He did look good against Demian Maia. He stepped forward after getting a lot of scrutiny of being conservative. I think Demian Maia is a great opponent. I hold every opponent in high regard. But, for me, defeating Carlos Condit is more important than defeating Demian Maia any day of the week. I think this is the No. 1 contender's bout. It goes both ways, not just of Carlos wins, also if I win. I think that makes for a great fight that fans want to see and will pay to see. I think he should have took the chance when he had it. He was ranked the third welterweight in the world, beating gatekeepers, beating the top guys, and then when it came down to fighting GSP, he didn't want to do it. I'm sure Carlos had some great training sessions with GSP down at Jackson's'camp, but when it came down to fight him, Carlos stepped up to the plate and tried to take his head off. I think that's where the ball was dropped in his (Rory's) court. I think it's comical that all of a sudden he's just going to jump in front. Same with Diaz trying to jump in front. I think they're sharing the same bag of weed."
Listen to the full audio replay of the UFC 171 presser here.
Indeed, there was a time when Rory was near the top of the welterweight food chain, but his friendship with then-champion Georges St. Pierre prevented "Ares" from ever accepting a championship fight.
Not a smart move, according to Woodley.
But now that St. Pierre is long gone, MacDonald is more than ready to take a stab at the division crown. However, according to Woodley, he's at least third in line.
And while a win over "The Natural Born Killer" would raise Tyron's stock, would it be enough to warrant him the rightful owner of the next welterweight title shot?