After a loss, returning to one’s fighting form takes time, especially for a prospect in MMA. When a prospect exhibits the brilliance that helped them to first get noticed, though, that return to form can lead them to emerge as legitimate divisional title contenders.

After losing to UFC welterweight title contender Robbie Lawler last year, Rory MacDonald rebounded with back-to-back wins over Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley, and then out-struck Tarec Saffiedine for two rounds before expertly timing a hard left uppercut in the third round to stop the highly touted kickboxer.

Following this Knockout of the Night performance, UFC president Dana White declared to members of the Canadian press on Wednesday that MacDonald’s win over Saffiedine earned the young Canadian product a future date for the UFC welterweight title when the UFC returns to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Come UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, Lawler faces UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks face off in a rematch of their UFC 171 thriller, but is there any question about MacDonald’s case for a title shot at this point? At this point, there should not be any at all. MacDonald’s performances speak for themselves, as all three of his most recent wins came in dominant fashion, but the state of the UFC welterweight division also makes MacDonald’s case substantially clearer.

Most of the top 15 at welterweight are either booked, sidelined, fresh off much-needed wins, or coming off losses. Realistically speaking, the only fight fans might want to see MacDonald in before MacDonald gets a title shot would be against Carlos Condit, but Condit has been sidelined since losing to Woodley in March. Who else would make sense to fight MacDonald other that the champion? The answer, in simple terms, is no one.

If MacDonald takes another fight, he takes a huge risk and stands to gain very little reward, aside from another win. Sooner or later, the man must receive what he rightfully earned, especially given the lack of depth at the top of the welterweight division right now. If MacDonald is going to make a serious run towards the welterweight title, he needs to strike the iron while it’s hot and go for the champion while the title shot is in his hands.

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.