Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC 174 blew the roof of the Rogers Arena last Saturday night (June 14, 2014) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Ali Bagautinov -- who was dominated by flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for five rounds in the main event flyweight title fight (recap) -- and Brendan Schaub -- who lost a lackluster decision to Andrei Arlovski (video).
But, which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover now 48 hours removed from an action-packed weekend?
"The Chosen One" looked to cut to the front of the welterweight title race by putting on a memorable fight-winning performance against Rory MacDonald and outperforming Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler as they get set to throw down next month at UFC on FOX 12.
Woodley did anything but.
From the onset, MacDonald was determined to stake his own claim as a title contender by putting on a show for the hometown crowd.
He did that, and then some.
For three rounds MacDonald had his way with Woodley, dominating him in all aspects of the fight game, turning up the offense from the opening frame and never letting up (video).
After picking Tyron apart on the feet for the majority of the fight and stuffing the wrestler's takedowns, MacDonald put on the finishing touches on perhaps his best performance to date by punishing the former Strikeforce combatant with some ground work. Though Rory didn't get the finish, he left no doubt that his name truly belongs up there with Brown and Lawler as a contender to Johny Hendricks' throne.
Though he'll likely need one more win to earn his title shot.
As for Woodley, he'll unfortunately have to go to the back of a very crowded division, as the title fight he was yearning for is but a distant memory for now.
His lack of offense this past weekend was puzzling, as he has shown he has the power and technique to defeat the best of them. Against MacDonald, Woodley never got it going. When he did manage to land some well-placed leg kicks, Rory just ate them up and kept pressing forward.
"The Chosen One" did have a glimmer of hope in the third round, as he clipped the Canadian with a good punch early; but it was all for naught as Rory shook it off and continued to dominate en route to a unanimous decision win.
While many, like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, will say that Woodley simply "choked" under the bright lights and pressure-filled fight, one can't forget to give MacDonald his due, as his constant pressure and offense pretty much took the fight out of Tyron, shutting him down and sending him home to ponder where it all went wrong.
Woodley has the talent and skill set to pick himself back up and climb the welterweight ladder once again, and when he's ready to erase the memory of his most recent setback, a fight against Jake Ellenberger would be a good return fight to see just how bounces back from a catastrophic loss.