MacDonald vs. Woodley targeted for UFC Vancouver show
APR 02, 2014 7:35p ET
With welterweight champion Johny Hendricks on the shelf recovery from surgery to repair a torn biceps muscle, the division will begin to shake out a new challenger in the coming months. A potential June matchup could help in that regard, as top five contenders Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley are being discussed for a possible bout, Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight.
The matchup is not yet finalized, but is the promotion's intended direction Helwani said.
MacDonald may be able to build a strong case with a victory in the matchup. The 24-year-old has won six of his last seven matches, including victories over ranked opponents Jake Ellenberger and Demian Maia. His only loss in that time came on points to Robbie Lawler, who just recently lost to Hendricks in a narrow decision.
MacDonald, long deemed a potential future champion, is 16-2 all-time.
Woodley is much newer to the title scene. The 31-year-old burst on to the scene with a knockout of Jay Hieron in his UFC debut, and has to captured three of his four octagon encounter, with his only defeat coming in a controversial split-decision to Jake Shields.
Woodley, 31, is 13-2 in his career.
According to Helwani, the matchup is being discussed for the June 14 event set to take place at Vancouver's Rogers Arena. Ironically, that is the same site of MacDonald's first UFC loss, a TKO at the hands of Carlos Condit.