As the rumor mill has been suggesting for quite some time, a pivotal welterweight shootout between Rory MacDonald (pictured) and Tyron Woodley has been set for UFC 174.
The UFC finally confirmed the much talked about scrap Tuesday via Twitter. However, it is unknown if the 170-pounders will headline the show or serve as the co-main event.
MacDonald bounced back from his split decision defeat to Robbie Lawler by beating Demian Maia in February. “Ares,” who was considered by many as the heir apparent to the welterweight throne prior to his setback to Lawler, has won six of his past seven fights.
Woodley, meanwhile, is coming off two consecutive finishes. The former Strikeforce star knocked out veteran Josh Koscheck in November, then TKO’d Carlos Condit last month at UFC 171.
It’s hard to believe an impressive finish by either athlete won’t warrant a title shot.
UFC 174 takes place June 14 inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.
Here is the show’s current roster:
Roland Delorme vs. Michinori Tanaka
Yves Jabouin vs. Mike Easton
Daniel Sarafian vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Ryan Bader vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante
Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald