Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald Close to Being Finalized for UFC 174

April 2, 2014
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08-Rory-MacDonald-UFC-170-w-0587-478x270A welterweight match-up that could lead the winner to a title show is nearly finalized. UFC Tonight reports that Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald is close to being a done deal. The bout is being targeted to take place at UFC 174 in Vancouver on June 14.

Woodley (13-2) made his UFC debut at UFC 156 in February 2013, knocking out Jay Hieron in just 36 seconds. He lost by split decision to Jake Shields in his next outing, but rebounded with a knockout win over Josh Koscheck at UFC 167. He’s coming off a technical knockout win over former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit in his last outing on March 15.

MacDonald (16-2) looked to be well on his way to a title fight heading into UFC 167. He was riding a five-fight winning streak, but lost to Robbie Lawler by split decision. The training partner of former champion Georges St-Pierre bounced back from the loss to Lawler by defeating Demian Maia by unanimous decision on Feb. 22.

The fight has not yet been officially signed, but is expected to be in the coming days.

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  • uncle

    I would like to see Matt Brown fight the winner

    • Dragon Kid

      I’d like to see Maia vs Brown.

      • Collideoverme

        Brown is always so close…

        • Dragon Kid

          I’d like to see Brown avoid being submitted by Maia. He’ll have a hard time.

          • Collideoverme

            Yup. But Maia looked horrible against Rory, Looked great against Fitch…he’s hit or miss.

  • mmanative

    Great fight. Hands up chin down rory! Better not try and to do the jabfest because that’s not gonna work in this fight.

  • Stephen Quadros

    T-Wood better lose some of that muscle

  • t

    Rory should be able to put on a boxing display, “a clinic “!

  • Jon Doe

    Rory gets the win if he is aggressive. I like Woodley but from what I have seen of him is iffy at best.. what I mean is, guys who get quick/flash/sudden/accidental wins reminds me of Sokouju or whatever.. get a few quick ones and suddenly he hyped as the “next big thing” the Shields, Mein, Daley, Tarec fight was all unimpressive and he got thoroughly handled by Nate. i just dont see it, Brown would be a good “lets see him vs someone with some grit” fight, Brown is not that athletic but he is tough, Woodley folded in the Nate fight, he folded against Shields and imo opinion he was fading in the Condit fight
    Rory and Dong would be a better title contender match
    Brown and Woodley should be a runner up fight

  • otto

    like this matchup, 2 totally different fighters going at it, wish they would make more fights like this instead of pairing up similarities….I would say the odds are with Rory, but im going w/the underdog here, go T-Wood, this guy is a beast, and having him on top of you is nothing short of a nightmare

    • Sher Nut

      Rory did fine with Maia on top. Maia’s top-control is more dangerous than Woodley’s

  • rye311

    Am I the only one that believes Hector Lombard has been totally set aside from the rest after his victory over Shields? what did Woodley do? he did not win anything other than a round. With Condits injury ending so soon I do not see how Woodley’s stock rose so much from that fight? Lombard is not a fan favorite by any means but deserves the credit

  • Sher Nut

    Easy win for Rory. Woodley is too predictable and will gas as this fight goes on.

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Go Woodley, beat this boring, no personality lame fighter with a stupid haircut