What chance does Rory MacDonald have of becoming the next Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender? About as good a chance as Tyron Woodley has of becoming the Greatest American Hero, learning how to fly and become invisible.
Anything is possible, I suppose.
After he disposed of Demian Maia at the UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch it), MacDonald (16-2) told FOX Sports he has both the "maturity" and the "fire" to grab the gold from the winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler, who battle for the vacant belt at UFC 171 next month in Dallas, Texas.
"At this point I have the maturity to get that title and to hold onto it most importantly. Not just win the title and maybe lose it in a fight or two, but I have the maturity to hold onto that title for a long time and keep developing as a fighter, and keep growing. I just want to fight the best man. I'm pulling for whoever's the best man [at UFC 171]. I want to fight the winner, I want to fight the best. I hope they recognize my motivation for the title, they saw my fight and I hope they saw that fire."
They saw it, but Tyron Woodley didn't.
Either that, or "The Chosen One" believes that shot belongs to him, assuming he can outlast Carlos Condit when they hook 'em up in "The Lone Star State" on the "Hendricks vs. Lawler" main card. In addition, he had a little message for "Ares" in regards to his future plans.
"@rory_macdonald: I would like to fight the winner of hendricks and lawler @ufc @danawhite" I would like to fly and be invisible. Nice try!— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) February 25, 2014
Two top contenders and one spot in the pecking order. Who do you like?