Rory MacDonald is the new number one welterweight contender

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Ask and ye shall receive... at least that's the approach the UFC have taken with Rory MacDonald after Dana White announced that he would be the next title contender.

White revealed the news in an interview with Canadian outlet, Sports Net, and said that the winner of UFC 181's Welterweight title clash between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler would have the Canadian to look forward to.

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The news comes just days after MacDonald demanded the title shot after asking - who else is there?

MacDonald's moment to shine

For MacDonald, the title shot marks a 'comeback' of sorts from his crushing defeat to Lawler, who will challenge for the title before him.

The story heading into his title fight could be vengeance, or him aiming to fill the shoes of fellow Canadian and training partner Georges St-Pierre.

The pressure will certainly be on but he'll enjoy a raucous home reception after White also revealed that the fight would be taking place in Toronto.

Maybe it'll only add to the pressure, or maybe it will relax him a bit. Based on his previous fights, we're sure to see the Rory MacDonald death stare.

How long will he have to wait?

The big question now that MacDonald has the title shot is just how long will he be expected to wait following Hendricks and Lawler's rematch.

Hendricks hasn't fought since their initial bout where he won the title via decision, while Lawler has proven himself to be a man of the people having fought twice since that loss.

So if Lawler wins, a quick turnaround should be expected but for Hendricks there might just be injury concerns and a long layoff.

Those two fight in December, so with a good turnaround early May is a possibility, if not then June would be the most likely date.

The UFC aren't going to host their July 4 weekend mega-PPVs in Canada either so for MacDonald, who last fought last weekend, it's looking like at least 6-7 months on the sidelines.

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