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Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre believes Rory MacDonald is ready for title shot, leaning towards Johny Hendricks to beat Robbie Lawler

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

After subtly letting the UFC and Dana White know he's interested in a welterweight title shot, Rory MacDonald picked up an unsurprising endorsement this week from former champion Georges St-Pierre. Speaking with Sportsnet, St-Pierre says it's only a matter of time before his protégé takes over the 170-pound division.

"I think so. I think he is [ready]. I think Rory will be champion soon. His loss to [Robbie] Lawler made him much better, I believe. I believe he's got all the tools to be champion and I think he will."

Before that can happen, the two men headlining UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas will have a chance to show why the 24-year-old Canadian shouldn't hold his breath. As for the title's most recent holder, St-Pierre says Johny Hendricks has what it takes to claim it over Robbie Lawler on Mar. 15.

"I'm not going to go to the fight because I'm taking a break right now, but I'm going to watch it. They both have the power to knock each other out standing up. I see Johny as having an advantage in the wrestling and grappling departments, because of his experience.

"They're both southpaws but it'll be interesting. Sometimes we can speculate where the fight will go and everything, but it all comes down to the night of the fight. You never know what's going to happen 100 percent. You don't know what's going to happen in each guy's life. Sometimes things can affect a fight. You don't know. You have to go behind the scenes and see but we'll find all that out the night of the fight."



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MMA 3 Way: UFC Macau (TUF China Finale) & Bellator 110








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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

Everything You NEED to Know About TUF China Finale Prelims

I'm not going to lie... you would probably be best served to sleep through these prelims as there isn't a whole lot on the line here. Only two of the eight fighters featured have UFC experience and there is a grand total of two victories between them. Normally I would try to convince you to watch for a prospect who could set the UFC on fire in a year or two... but I don't think any of these guys will do that.

Nonetheless, I'm sure that there are some of you (likely numbering in the single digits) who will watch and others who simply want an idea of what to expect for fantasy purposes. I get it. Rather than try to prop the prelims up after I just tore them down, I'm a gonna just get down to the nitty gritty and tell you what you can expect.

Yui Chul Nam (17-4-1) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (12-4-1), Lightweight

Its a battle of Asian superiority as representatives from South Korea (Nam) and Japan (Tokudome) square off in what will be an aggressive affair.


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