UFC 145 Results: 5 Fighters Rory MacDonald Must Beat to Earn a Title Shot

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UFC 145 Results: 5 Fighters Rory MacDonald Must Beat to Earn a Title Shot
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In this writer's eyes, Rory MacDonald is the real deal, the next big thing.

After dismantling a tough opponent in Che Mills at UFC 145, MacDonald proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the UFC's welterweight division.

But let's not rush him into title contention just yet, folks.

He is still young, and he could still benefit from some mid-tier fights to fine-tune his game and bolster his comfort level inside the Octagon.

Here are five tough fighters that MacDonald needs to beat in order to prove he is ready for a title shot.

But first, some honorable mentions that just narrowly missed the list:

BJ Penn

Jake Ellenberger

Martin Kampmann

Johny Hendricks 

Mostapha Al-Turk

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