UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald may have his hands full at the moment while preparing for a December 8 bout with B.J. Penn, but the 23-year old wants the world to know he already has another opponent on his mind he’s hoping to lock horns with at some point in the near future – Carlos Condit. The two talented competitors met in June 2010 where MacDonald came within ten seconds of scoring a decision win before being blasted on his back, resulting in a strike-based stoppage.
“I respect him completely – he’s one of the guys I respect most in the sport. His outlook and his attitude are great,” explained MacDonald initially in a conversation with ESPN. “But I feel like I was embarrassed in that fight. I want to prove to myself and the world that I am the better fighter and I want revenge for the embarrassment I felt that night.”
The defeat to Condit is the only professional stumble MacDonald has suffered in his career. He holds an overall record of 13-1 including past victories over Mike Pyle and Nate Diaz.
Comparably, the 28-6 Condit is coming off a hard-fought decision loss to MacDonald’s mentor, Georges St-Pierre, and should be available for a return to the Octagon in early 2013.
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