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UFC 174 – Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley

June 11, 2014

This Saturday night at the Rogers Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, the UFC presents UFC 174 – Johnson vs. Bagautinov. In the co-main event, local hero Rory MacDonald looks to put himself in title contention when he faces Tyron Woodley in a welterweight showdown.

The UFC oddsmakers have BC native MacDonald as a small +115 underdog so bettors will win $115 for every $100 they put down on the Canadian. Bettors backing the favorite Woodley will need to risk $145 to win $100.

UFC Betting Odds
Rory MacDonald +115
Tyron Woodley -145

Until a couple fights ago, Rory MacDonald was the golden boy, the heir apparent in the UFC’s welterweight division. He trains in the same gym as the former longtime UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and there was already talk about whether the two teammates would ignore their friendship and face each other in the cage for the title. Those thoughts were dashed at UFC 167 when he lost a split decision to Robbie Lawler. Later in the card, St. Pierre won a split decision but took a beating at the hands of Johny Hendricks. St. Pierre vacated his title and MacDonald fell down the rankings.

He steps into the cage against a fighter who looks like a world beater one fight and then not ready for prime time in his losses. Tyron Woodley has TKO’d two former number one contenders in Josh Koscheck and Carlos Condit, his victory over Condit was exceptionally vicious as he destroyed Condit’s need with a leg kick. Woodley’s two losses come at the hands of Nate Marquardt who went on to lose his last three fights and to Jake Shields who is now out of the UFC.

What Woodley will show up, the world-beater or the not ready for prime time player?

Odds makers have Woodley as the favorite here but after watching MacDonald handle an extremely dangerous and rejuvenated Damien Maia in his last bout, MacDonald deserves a pick’em. Also, the Canadian MMA fans are rabid, I’m Woodley will tune them out but MacDonald could get an extra adrenaline boost from 18,000 fans willing him on.