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Georges St-Pierre thinks Rory MacDonald is the UFC's top welterweight contender

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According to a March 18 report from MMA Fighting, Georges St-Pierre thinks Rory MacDonald is the UFC's top welterweight contender because of the beating he put on Demian Maia at UFC 170.

St-Pierre, of course, might be a bit biased since he is MacDonald's training partner at TriStar, but he does make an interesting argument.

I'm very happy for Rory. He did an amazing fight against Demian Maia and he proved he's the No. 1 contender.

MacDonald is right in the mix for a title shot against Johny Hendricks, as is Hector Lombard.

Tyron Woodley and Nick Diaz are also in the conversation.

"We need someone that's going to get it off merit, because they deserve it, because they're marketable, because they'll sell pay-per-views," Woodley said when asked who deserves the next crack at Hendricks. "Also because when I'm the No. 10 or 11 (ranked), or whatever I was, and I beat the No. 2 guy, you can't beat the No. 6 guy or whatever and jump ahead."

Making matters even more complicated is the fact that Hendricks will be sidelined for several months with a torn bicep.

In all likelihood, the UFC will set up Woodley vs MacDonald for a No. 1 contender bout, and give the winner the next crack at Hendricks.

Woodley it seems hasn't given much thought about MacDonald. Most of his comments following his win over Carlos Condit were about Hendricks.

"Johny Hendricks is not a better wrestler than me. I can't give him that," Woodley said. "He has better credentials, he's won two National titles and he's a four-time All-American. His credentials are longer than mine, but he's not a better wrestler than me. We can dust off the Asics right now if it came down to it."

Analysis: There's a log jam at the top of the UFC's welterweight division. Woodley is definitely deserving of a title shot, but MacDonald is also in the mix.

While Hendricks gets healed up, the UFC would be smart to set up a fight between Woodley and MacDonald to determine who is next in line for a title shot.


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