A week after defeating Demian Maia at UFC 170, Rory MacDonald told FoxSports.com’s Damon Martin that he should get the next title shot and the winner of UFC 171’s main event between Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks.
Well, one of the fighters in the co-main event of UFC 171 didn’t take lightly to that claim by MacDonald. On Thursday’s UFC 171 media conference call, which can be heard here via MMAHeat, Tyron Woodley told reporters that he thought the winner between himself and Carlos Condit should fight next for the title, in addition to having some harsh words for the #4 ranked welterweight in the UFC, disputing Rory’s claim and explaining as to why he didn’t deserve the title shot.
“I think Rory needs get out of here. To be honest,” Woodley said. “Carlos [Condit] finished Rory, he has a very skewed memory. He got finished by Carlos and he just lost to Robbie [Lawler]. In the event that Carlos wins or in the event that Robbie wins, where’s his stance at then? He lost to both of those two guys.”
Later adding that he thought Rory dropped the ball by not taking the title shot when he had the chance. And comparing him to fellow welterweight Nick Diaz, who also claimed in prior weeks that he wanted a welterweight title shot.
“He should’ve took the chance when he had it. Ranked 3rd welterweight in the world, being the gatekeeper, beating top guys. And then when it comes down to fight GSP, he didn’t want to do it,” Woodley said. “I’m sure Carlos has had some training sessions with GSP at Greg Jackson’s camp, when it came down to fight him he stepped up to the plate trying to take his head off. That’s just where the ball kind of dropped in his court. And it’s kind of comical that he thinks all of a sudden he just wants to jump in from. Same with [Nick] Diaz, I think he’s just trying to jump in front. And I think they’re sharing the same bag of weed.”
Woodley completed his point by making the claim that he should get the title shot if he were to defeat the #2 ranked Carlos Condit next Saturday at UFC 171.
“For me, to defeat Carlos Condit that’s more important than him defeating Demian Maia any day of the week. I think this is the number one contendership bout. This just goes both ways, it’s not just if Carlos wins, it’s also if I win and we get a world title [shot].”