MacDonald makes a statement in Vancouver at UFC 174

Rory MacDonald (left) blocks a kick from Tyron Woodley (right) during UFC 174 welterweight bout at...

Rory MacDonald (left) blocks a kick from Tyron Woodley (right) during UFC 174 welterweight bout at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday June 14, 2014. (Carmine Marinelli /QMI Agency)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:05 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- A roar rose up from the crowd, and you’ve gotta believe Dana White heard it.

The UFC president had called on Rory MacDonald to come out against Tyron Woodley and make UFC fans demand that he get a title shot.

In front of an adoring hometown crowd in Vancouver at UFC 174, MacDonald came awfully close to doing just that, earning a spectacular unanimous decision victory.

This wasn’t the MacDonald who looked like he was trying to bore Jake Ellenberger into submission at UFC on FOX: 8. It wasn’t the MacDonald who was so thoroughly outworked by Robbie Lawler at UFC 167.

This was something new, a man possessed. A MacDonald who was relentless, attacking Woodley with precision strikes standing up and never giving his American opponent a chance to breathe when the fight went to the ground.


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