With new welterweight champion Johny Hendricks out of action after surgery on a bicep injury, the UFC look set to keep the ball rolling by pitting two of the division’s top contenders against each other in the near future.
The word from MMAjunkie.com is that the UFC is currently eyeing a fight between Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley for UFC 174 in Vancouver on June 14th.
MacDonald earned a ‘Fight Of The Night’ victory over Damien Maia at UFC 170 last month which helped cancel out a split decision loss to recent title challenger Robbie Lawler a few months prior and left him as the No.2 ranked contender in the division with an overall 7-2 record in the Octagon.
Woodley also fought at the same event and impressed with a good performance against Carlos Condit before an accidental knee injury to his opponent ended the fight prematurely. Marked down as a TKO victory for Woodley, it catapulted him up the rankings, leaving him at No.4 with a 3-1 record in the UFC to date.
While the fight has not been finalized yet, this is a fight that makes a lot of sense and would help establish a definitive No.1 contender to face Hendricks after he returns from his injury.
However, it’s questionable whether MacDonald Vs Woodley is a big enough draw to headline the PPV event, so it’ll be interesting to see whether the UFC has any other big fight announcements for this card in the coming weeks.