Tarec Saffiedine saw the domination that Rory MacDonald put on Tyron Woodley at UFC 174 and he strongly believes that he can beat McDonald.
“I was in Belgium when I watched the fight with Rory and Tyron Woodley,” Saffiedine said. “While I was watching the fight, I had that feeling, you know, the goosebumps. The way he was moving, the way he was punching, the way he was setting up his takedowns, the way he was moving inside the cage, the way he was moving his feet – everything he did, I was thinking, ‘I can beat this guy.’
Rory MacDonald (16-2) has six knockouts, six submissions and four decision victories while he has been knocked out once. Prior to joining the UFC he was on a nine fight winning streak. He joined the UFC in 2010 where he beat Michael Guymon via 1st armbar at Fight Night 20 on Jan / 11 / 2010.
“With the proper camp and me doing everything I need to do, I know I can beat that guy. He’s close to the title shot, so it’s a fight I’d love to have. I think we can put on an amazing fight, and I believe that my style can beat his style, without a doubt.”
MacDonald would lose to Carlos Condit via 3rd TKO at UFC 115 – Liddell vs. Franklin on Jun / 12 / 2010 in his next fight. After that fight, he would crank out a five winning streak with wins over Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle, Che Mills and BJ Penn. He would also beat Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 8 – Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul / 27 / 2013.
“I want to get to the top,” Saffiedine said. “Fighting Rory would be a big step up, but it’s a step I’m ready for. I’m anxious for this opportunity because I want to show the fans and the UFC that I’m ready to take that step. I need to beat Rory. I would train my butt off and win that fight and move up the ranks. I want to get that title shot.
MacDonald would go on to lose to Robbie Lawler via split decision at UFC 167 – St. Pierre vs. Hendricks on Nov / 16 / 2013. In his last fight prior to UFC 174, he beat Demian Maia via unanimous decision at UFC 170 – Rousey vs. McMann on Feb / 22 / 2014.
Both fighters do not have a fight scheduled as of this writing.