For a while it looked like Rory MacDonald was on his way to a title shot. With five straight wins, and St-Pierre taking a hiatus, a win over Robbie Lawler would have gotten him there.
Unfortunately MacDonald would lost a decision to Lawler, who earned a title shot with the win, but MacDonald believes that fight was only a set back and looks to contend for the title this year:
"This is what I wanted," MacDonald said. "I didn't want to sit on the sidelines for too long and be pouting about the last fight. Being able to jump right back into training camp helped me get my mind off of things and helped pick up my spirits. Now, it has me looking in the direction of the title.
"With Georges stepping away, [Johny] Hendricks fighting Robbie [Lawler] and the other fights on that card in March, it has really opened the doorway for everyone in the top 10 of the division to really make their mark. I'm really looking and motivated to have that belt around my waist this year."
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