Rory MacDonald vs Tarec Saffiedine Set To Fight in Main Event

Published on September 30th, 2014 4:06 pm EST

This weekend is one of those weekends that fight fans salivate over as there are two UFC shows set to take place on Saturday.

One of those shows, which will be taking place at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, will be headlined by a Welterweight tilt between Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine.

Not only will this fight match fighters with two very distinct styles but it may also determine who gets the next shot at the Welterweight title. After all, let's take a look at the top of the Welterweight title picture as of this moment:

C - Johny Hendricks
#1 - Robbie Lawler
#2 - Rory MacDonald

Robbie Lawler is taking on Johny Hendricks in December, which means that Rory MacDonald should almost certainly get the next shot at the title if he is able to beat Tarec Saffiedine on Saturday.

This isn't the first time that Rory MacDonald has had a likely title shot on the line in a fight. In November of 2013, MacDonald was likely going to get a shot at the title if he was able to beat Robbie Lawler at UFC 167. Unfortunately for MacDonald and his fans, Robbie Lawler managed to win the fight via split decision and MacDonald was left to climb back up the Welterweight ladder.

MacDonald has successfully climbed back up the ladder, winning fights over both Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley. A third consecutive victory would almost certainly give MacDonald the winner of Lawler/Hendricks.

Tarec Saffiedine is not an easy out, however, as the Belgian fighter is currently in the midst of a five fight winning streak that includes wins over Hyun Gyu Lim and Nate Marquardt. The former Strikeforce Welterweight champion is an accomplished striker who will likely give MacDonald fits on the feet.

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As mentioned, this will be an intriguing stylistic match-up - MacDonald's grinding style vs the precision striking of Saffiedine. This should be a great fight.


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