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Rory MacDonald: At welterweight, ‘I’m going to be holding that belt for a long time’

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When you’re intently focused or on a mission or devoted to a cause, you simply don’t have time for many distractions. That’s the position UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald, 25, finds himself in today. After rebounding against Tyron Woodley at UFC 174 with a sensational unanimous decision victory, MacDonald tangles with former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine in October at the UFC’s first show in Halifax, Canada. In fact, part of the reason the two are matched-up is because Saffiedine was so publicly vocal about his desire to face MacDonald.


That’s all good and well to MacDonald, but ultimately immaterial. The only thing he cares about is the welterweight title belt. Whatever obstacles are in front of him to get there, well, it’s all part of one process. I don’t really think about it, to be completely honest, MacDonald said of Saffiedine’s desire to face him on Monday’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. My hope is just to be fighting for the championship. I don’t really care about people who are ranked below me or whatever.

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