Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White confirmed that "Ares" would indeed get the next shot at the welterweight title after he knocked out Tarec Saffiedine in the main event of UFC Fight Night 54, which went down last weekend (Sat., Oct. 4, 2014) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
To sweeten the pot, Rory will "absolutely, positively, without a doubt" get to vie for the title in his home country of Canada when the time comes, according to White's comments to Sportsnet.ca.
"It's pretty impossible to deny Rory that, whoever comes out of that Hendricks-Lawler fight, he's the next guy in line. I have a lot of respect for Saffiedine. That guy's tough to deal with. Rory just absolutely made him look like he didn't belong there. He actually treated him like No. 9."
Of course, division champion Johny Hendricks still has to try and defend his title against Robbie Lawler, which is set to go down at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rory's win over "Sponge" was his third in a row after losing to the aforementioned Lawler at UFC 167 last November, which put a pause in his quest for the title.
But now that he's got what he has always longed for, you can rest assured the Canadian superstar will do whatever he can to finally live up to what many believe is his destiny inside the Octagon.
And in front of the hometown crowd, no less.
Which is another interesting point: why should the champion have to go into hostile territory and defend his title? Does it even matter?