Rory MacDonald accepts Tarec Saffiedine challenge if it gets him closer to a UFC title shot

Esther Lin / MMA Fighting

That folks, is proof that it never hurts to call someone out.

Tarec Saffiedine recently took a shot and called out top welterweight contender Rory MacDonald for a fight inside the Octagon.

And it looks like it may have paid off.

Speaking to "UFC Tonight," MacDonald said he's all for a fight against the last man to hold the Strikeforce welterweight title, as long as UFC matchmakers concur that it gets him closer to his much-desired title shot.

"He thought the fight made sense for him but would leave it up to UFC," said UFC insider, Ariel Helwani. "If UFC thinks that fight gets him closer to a title shot, he's all for it."

While Rory put on one of the best performances of his career at UFC 174 earlier this year, shutting down Tyron Woodley for three rounds (highlights), promotion president Dana White didn't feel it was enough to leapfrog the winner of the Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown UFC on FOX 12 fight for a crack at the 170-pound title.

A win over a dangerous fighter like Saffiedine would surly get him there.

Tarec, meanwhile, has been riding the pine with an upper body injury that bounced him from his scheduled fight against Jake Ellenberger, which was supposed to go down at UFC 174 earlier this year. "Sponge" made a successful UFC debut by defeating Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC Fight Night 34 this past January.

Saffiedine wants it, MacDonald is down, now it's up to Joe Silva and Co. to make it happen.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.