Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight wunderkind Rory MacDonald earned a crack at the 170-pound crown with a stunning, third-round technical knockout victory over Tarec Saffiedine in the UFC Fight Night 54 headliner last Saturday night (Oct. 4, 2014) on FOX Sports 1.
Watch the video highlights here.
MacDonald (18-2) will now wait to see what happens in the UFC 181 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, where Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler go to war for "Bigg Rigg's" belt in a championship rematch from their photo finish at UFC 171 last March in Dallas, Texas.
Which opponent would "Ares" prefer?
"I just want to fight the best man, so whoever," MacDonald said during the UFC Fight Night 54 post-fight press conference (watch it). "They're both really good guys, they had a really close fight in the last one and Johny pulled it out in the last minute, the last round, so who knows? He's going to bring it. I just hope they put on a good fight again and may the best man win."
An interesting response, considering his history with both combatants.
Hendricks was the last man to fight former 170-pound kingpin Georges St. Pierre, but came up on the wrong side of a controversial decision at UFC 167 and had a mouthful for "Rush" and the boys at Tristar -- where MacDonald trains. In addition, "Ares" dropped a split decision to Lawler at the same event, keeping him out of the mix for over a year.
I guess revenge is a dish best served inside the Octagon, and something tells me the former "Waterboy" will end up fighting both of these welterweights anyway.
But will he win?