With Johny Hendricks on the sidelines after bicep surgery, the rest of the division must carry on to sort out the contenders.
On UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani reported that a matchup between top contenders Tyron Woodley and Rory MacDonald was in the works for UFC 174. The bout has not been signed, but reports are that this fight is highly likely to occur.
Rory MacDonald bounced back from a tough loss to Robbie Lawler by defeating Demian Maia back in February. Maia had MacDonald in trouble in the first round, but Rory fought back valiantly to take the last two rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory. Without Georges St-Pierre at the top of the Welterweight heap anymore, MacDonald seems more determined than ever to become the Welterweight champion.
Tyron Woodley has been on a hot streak ever since joining the UFC in 2013. Although Woodley lost a decision to Jake Shields at UFC 161, he returned with a vengeance against Josh Koscheck at UFC 167, knocking him out in the first round. Woodley was then granted his wish to fight Carlos Condit, defeating him by TKO in the second round. Unfortunately, Condit injured his leg in the fight, but it was due to Woodley’s offense.
If the fight between MacDonald and Woodley actually goes down on June 14th, expect the winner to face Welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks sometime in the fall.