As the night came to a close at UFC on FOX 8, fans were in eager hopes of finding out which top welterweight would emerge victorious as Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger were looking to finally put to end the war of words that took to twitter in the nights’ co-main event. In what was billed up to be a can’t miss showdown, the jam-packed crowd at the Key Arena got in return was a more than lack luster meltdown as MacDonald jabbed his way to a unanimous decision victory.
Not impressed by his performance (no pun intended) UFC President Dana White was reported by The Bleacher Report as saying:
“I don’t think he moves down the ladder, but do you think anybody’s screaming to see him in a f***ing fight again?” White added “We live in a business, unfortunately, that you’re as good as your last fight.
“Rory’s one of the best in the world. He didn’t look it tonight.”
Enter “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler who having been absent from the UFC for almost 8 years continued to impress in his recent return to the organization. Lawler has made short work of his opposition in his second go around finishing fellow STRIKEFORCE import Bobby Voelkner in devastating fashion via head-kick 24 seconds into the second round earlier in the evening following a first round KO of top 10 contender Josh Koscheck back in February. Such a statement is guaranteed to get any fighter immediate contender conversation despite a 5-5 record in his last 10 outings, fighting mainly as a middleweight outside of the octagon.
Asked by Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting following the UFC World Tour press conference in New York on Wednesday on his thoughts of the outcomes, White said “Thinkin’ about doing Rory, Robbie Lawler.”
This officially put to end any possibility of MacDonald getting an immediate shot at the winner of the Georges St. Pierre vs. Jonny Hendricks title fight scheduled for UFC 167 in November, adding further truth to earlier statement that you really are only as good as you last fight.