UFC 167 showcased a welterweight bout between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald. Both were eager to put on an impressive performance in hopes of climbing up the welterweight ladder, but it was Lawler who edged out a split decision. In the loss, Rory didn’t really pull the trigger until it was too late, which snapped a five-fight winning streak.
MacDonald was the favorite in this bout, but he couldn’t live up to expectations in this bout. Despite the devastating loss, Rory seems to be in good spirits. On The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Rory revealed that the loss was actually a good thing. He described how he lost his passion to fight, which could be seen in his bouts with Jake Ellenberger and most recently with Lawler.
Looking back, Rory has made it clear that he has found his passion again, and he’s already in the gym training for his next fight. Rory wouldn’t reveal who his next opponent would be, but it seems like he likes the matchup. Considering who has an open schedule right now in the division, there are only several candidates that make the most sense for Rory.
One of the most intriguing is a bout with Demian Maia, who is also coming off a loss earlier in the year to Jake Shields. Since both are coming off losses, it makes sense for both fighters to fight each other in hopes of getting back in the win column, possibly saving their UFC title aspirations.