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UFC 174 Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley preview

UFC 174 Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley preview

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Two of the UFC’s top welterweights will collide in the co-main event of UFC 174 this Saturday (June 14), when Tyron Woodley (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) takes on hometown hero Rory MacDonald (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in Vancouver, Canada.

Former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley recently scored a huge win over Carlos Condit at March’s UFC 171 event in Dallas, Texas. The victory marked “T-Wood’s” second in a row, this after knocking out Josh Koscheck at November’s UFC 167 event. Woodley has gone 3-1 inside the octagon since joining the UFC as part of the Strikeforce merger. His lone loss was suffered to Jake Shields, who defeated Woodley via judges split-decision at UFC 161 in Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, Kalapaki Joe’s sponsored fighter, Rory MacDonald, is coming off a dominant decision win over submission specialist Demian Maia at February’s UFC 170 event in Las Vegas. Prior to that, the Canadian welterweight standout suffered a split-decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167.

“Ares” began his UFC career with 3 finishes in his first 4 octagon appearances. Since then, Rory has gone 3-1, with all three wins coming by way of judges decision. The 24 year-old has already scored wins over top talent such as Jake Ellenberger, B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle during his young UFC career.

UFC 174 takes place June 14 live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following the preliminary-card bouts on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Be sure to catch this sure to be awesome UFC pay-per-view event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations! Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.

Rory MacDonald wants title shot with win over T-Wood‏

Rory MacDonald wants title shot with win over T-Wood‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

UFC welterweight contender Rory MacDonald is currently preparing for his #1 contenders match with former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley, which goes down this June at UFC 174 in Vancouver, Canada.

The bout serves as the co-main event for UFC 174 and will determine the next challenger for newly crowned welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

After he defeats “T-Wood,” Rory wants to face “Big Rigg” for the title in either Toronto or Montreal, as he told MMAJunkie in a recent interview:

“When I beat Woodley, hopefully [I get a title shot] in the fall or winter in Toronto or Montreal,” MacDonald said. “Hendricks is a great fighter. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s definitely a good fighter, and I’m excited to see him in the future.”

“I’m striving to be a champion in the welterweight division,” MacDonald said. “I don’t want to fill Georges’ shoes. That’s an impossible task. I don’t want to be Georges. I want to be myself. I want to represent my style of martial arts and my own personality.

“Georges was probably the greatest champion ever, and he’s been a great person for me to learn from, train beside and watch fight over the years. He’s a model for Canadian fighters, and I just hope I can be as dominant as him in the cage.”

UFC 174 takes place June 14 live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event is headlined by a flyweight title fight between champ Demetrious Johnson and challenger Ali Bagautinov.

Be sure to catch the UFC 174 pay-per-view event live this June at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations. Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.

Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald set for UFC 174‏

Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald set for UFC 174‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

UFC officials announced today that a welterweight #1 contenders match between Tyron Woodley (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Rory MacDonald (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will co-headline June’s UFC 174 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley recently scored a huge win over Carlos Condit at last month’s UFC 171 event in Dallas, Texas. The victory marked “T-Wood’s” second in a row, this after knocking out Josh Koscheck at November’s UFC 167 event. Woodley has gone 3-1 inside the octagon since joining the UFC as part of the Strikeforce merger. His lone loss was suffered to Jake Shields, who defeated Woodley via judges split-decision at UFC 161 in Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, Rory MacDonald is coming off a dominant decision win over submission specialist Demian Maia at February’s UFC 170 event in Las Vegas. Prior to that, the Canadian welterweight standout suffered a split-decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167. “Ares” began his UFC career with 3 finishes in his first 4 octagon appearances. Since then, Rory has gone 3-1, with all three wins coming by way of judges decision. The 24 year-old has already scored wins over top talent such as Jake Ellenberger, B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle during his young UFC career.

UFC 174 takes place June 14 live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following the preliminary-card bouts on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Be sure to catch this sure to be awesome UFC pay-per-view event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations! Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.

BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar III Set For TUF 19 Finale Headliner In July

BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar III Set For TUF 19 Finale Headliner In July

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The UFC’s ‘Fight Week,’ which is set for 4th of July weekend in Las Vegas, just had its first official bout announced.

Former UFC champions BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar, who are opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Season 19, will square off for a third time in the headlining slot of the “TUF 19 Finale” event.

‘The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale” goes down July 6, live from The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar first squared off at UFC 112 in 2010. “The Answer” was able to earn a controversial decision victory over Penn that night in Abu Dhabi, thus winning the UFC lightweight title.

Their initial meeting was so close that UFC officials decided to make an immediate rematch later that year at UFC 118 in Boston. In their second meeting, Edgar was clearly the faster fighter, which allowed him to dictate the pace on route to a dominant decision win.

Since their last meeting, Edgar has gone 2-3-1 inside the UFC’s Octagon. He lost his title to Benson Henderson in 2012 and then went down a weight class to fight Jose Aldo for the featherweight strap, to whom he also lost. Most recently, Frankie was able to notch his first win at featherweight, with a win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162.

Meanwhile, BJ Penn has struggled to find success as of late, going 1-2-1 since the last time he faced off with Edgar. After his second loss to Edgar, “The Prodigy” moved back up to welterweight, where he promptly disposed of rival Matt Hughes with a highlight reel KO. The victory over Hughes was followed by a draw against Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in Australia. Most recently, BJ has dropped back-to-back decisions to top welterweights Nick Diaz and Rory MacDonald.

The Penn vs. Edgar III bout was officially announced this evening on UFC Tonight. A weight-class was not announced, however, the fight is expected to take place in the UFC’s featherweight division.

Be sure to come catch this awesome UFC event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this July long weekend. Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.