Well, Christmas won’t be as merry around the Rory MacDonald (pictured) household this year.
On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported MacDonald’s next dibs at the UFC welterweight title card has been revoked. This news comes two months after UFC president Dana White promised MacDonald would face the winner of the UFC 181 rematch between then-champ Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
Speaking of Hendricks and Lawler, White hinted immediately after their controversial contest, which Lawler took via split decision to capture the crown, that he was open to arranging an immediate trilogy between the rivals. Although the rubber match wasn’t confirmed on today’s show, it’s pretty much a given now that MacDonald must wait.
While MacDonald was upset about losing his shot at the throne, he will simply take out his frustration on his next opponent.
“It’s all good,” MacDonald stated. “I’m just gonna light up whoever is next.”
Many pundits dubbed MacDonald the heir apparent in the 170-pound division several years, but the 25-year-old still has yet to compete for the hardware. He most recently TKO’d Tarec Saffiedine in October to earn what he was told was top contender status.