Back in October, UFC President Dana White told the Canadian Press that welterweight contender Rory MacDonald would be next to fight for the UFC title at 170 lbs.
This was prior to the bout between then-champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
“It’s pretty impossible to deny Rory that, whoever comes out of that Hendricks-Lawler fight, he’s the next guy in line,” White said.
In addition, the British Columbia native MacDonald, who now trains out of Quebec, would enjoy the advantage of challenging for the title in his home country.
“(The fight will) absolutely, positively, without a doubt, be in Canada,” White said. “He’s next in line and that fight will be in Canada.”
But, as Jon Anik warned us when we spoke last month, Mr. White reserves the right to change his mind… and this time, it looks like he has.
Last night, Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight last night that the promised title fight for Rory MacDonald will not, in fact, happen next.
“It’s all good,” MacDonald said in response to the news, as quoted by Helwani. “I’m just going to light up whoever’s next just as usual.”
That brought speculation of a third bout between Lawler and Hendricks.
However, Helwani said that he next reached out to Johny Hendricks, whose management said they had not received any notice from the UFC about another bout with Lawler.
It was also noted that a March 2015 planned UFC trip to Montreal will not happen. Helwani reports that a high-profile boxing match is being scheduled in Montreal on the same night.