As the latest fighter to have his dreams ripped away from him, Rory MacDonald can't help but be a little sad about the UFC's decision to schedule a trilogy fight between Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks instead of following through with their promise to slot MacDonald against the UFC 181 winner.
Once it was confirmed that he would be passed over for a title shot, MacDonald could not help but feel a little dejected.
"I was a little bit heartbroken," MacDonald revealed on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "But it's okay. Even when I first heard the news that I was promised I was going to get the next title shot, I was skeptical. You can't always believe what you hear. Things change so often in this sport, you'd be a fool if you believed everything that came out. So I'm not surprised that it happened. But I was pretty sad about it."
MacDonald simply could not understand why the UFC was insistent on an immediate trilogy fight. In his opinion, Lawler won the fight convincingly and thought he would certainly be next in line for the coveted championship fight.
"Honestly I didn't even (think about the possibility of a trilogy fight)," MacDonald said. "I thought Robbie won the fight pretty clearly in my eyes. I didn't see why they would want a third fight, at all. I figured, you know, they would definitely want me to fight Robbie after that fight. So it didn't work out. It didn't work out like I thought it would."
While Rory's immediate reaction was sadness, he was later overcome with skepticism, as this was common practice for the UFC. Guaranteed title shots were never truly guaranteed.
"There's definitely some issues (with the way the UFC awards title shots)," he added, "But I don't have the answers for how it could change, or whatever. But yeah, I don't agree with a lot of the things that are done."
Transcription taken from MMAFighting.com.