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"It's a big opportunity. Every fight you take is a big opportunity, but this on in particular," said the 24 year old. "I'm facing a very talented opponent and I'm very excited to be matched up against someone like that and challenge my techniques against his."
"I want people to talk after my fights and be like 'Wow that's another Rory MacDonald I haven't seen. That's the best Rory MacDonald I've seen so far.' That's my goal for this fight."
"Losing can be a good thing in the long run for a mixed martial artist," said MacDonald. "You learn your weaknesses and turn them into strengths."
Like MacDonald, Woodley added that he also sees Saturday's bout as a stepping stone to an eventual shot at the UFC welterweight title.
go out there and fight," said Johnson, who has a record of 7 1 1 in UFC. "If you look at all the flyweight fights, there hasn't been one boring one. Obviously there's boring fights in every single division.
"Vancouver fans like MMA and they might like me, they might like him, but I think they respect what I bring to the table and they respect that I respect him, and I think that's enough."
Known in the cage as "Mighty Mouse," Johnson will look to continue that work on Saturday night at UFC 174 when he defends his title against Ali (Puncher) Bagautinov in the octagon at Rogers Arena the first time a 125 pound division bout will anchor a pay per view card.
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Johnson (19 2 1 all time) won the UFC's inaugural flyweight title back in 2012 and has defended it three times since, including a knockout of Joseph Benavidez in December.
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MacDonald (16 2, 7 2) lost to Robbie Lawler in a split decision at November's UFC 167, but rebounded to take a unanimous decision against Demian Maia at UFC 170 in February.
the man to front that bill. Hopefully we can put on an exciting show on Saturday."
White called that view a little far fetched.
"Rory is a guy who started doing mixed martial arts all together," said the St. Louis native. "I think that's the biggest challenge. He spent quite a bit of his youth as a teenager training (in) mixed martial arts. He's had a great camp to train out of, he's had a champion to train under. I think those are the threats, but in actuality I've had other fights and other fighters who've been a little bit more threatening than Rory.
"But I haven't sat there and watched a fight and thought, 'Man that was pretty boring.'"
"It's the biggest fight ever for (MacDonald) and Woodley," said White.
Saturday night's co main event has Canada's Rory (Ares) MacDonald taking on Tyron (The Chosen One) Woodley in a welterweight matchup between the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked challengers for Johny Hendricks' belt.
Johnson said the five foot four Bagautinov (13 2, 3 0) will pose a unique challenge because the 29 year old Russian specializes in Sambo fighting, a form of mixed martial arts that he has never faced.
White said MacDonald needs to start turning some of the talk and hype surrounding his talents into consistent performances.
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A technically sound fighter who learned his craft at the famed Tristar Gym alongside St Pierre in Montreal, MacDonald said he believes he's ready to take his game to the next level.
The 27 year old who fights out of Parkland, Wash., said the pressure of a pay per view spectacle doesn't add any pressure to put on a show.
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"In order to keep my belt I've just got to go out there and be myself and just fight," said Johnson, a heavy favourite in the eyes of bookmakers against the fourth ranked challenger. "Regardless of whatever happens with this fight, whether I win or lose, the same thing is going to happen (afterwards). I'm going to go home, relax and get ready for my next fight, whether it's be defending my belt or trying to get it back."
White said with a smile. "We're in Canada, man.
"I really just don't think Rory MacDonald has this huge following in Vancouver like people think," said Woodley. "He's not Georges St Pierre. This is not Montreal.
"I plan on every fight from now on being me fighting for the title or defending the title," he said. "I'm just mentally getting prepared for that.
The 32 year old Woodley (13 2, 3 1), a former All American wrestler, scored a technical knockout of Carlos Condit at UFC 171 in March and expects MacDonald to be the most well rounded fighter he has faced.
"If you can't really threaten me to freakin' knock my head off like certain other guys I've fought, I just don't get that anxiety."
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