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Rory MacDonald: “Another 30 seconds and I could have finished the fight.”

Rory MacDonald: “Another 30 seconds and I could have finished the fight.”

UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald didn’t win over any new fans last night with his effective but passive approach to opponent Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 8. However, don’t expect MacDonald to hang his head low based on boos he drew from fans in attendance or criticism unleashed on the internet. Rather, the 24-year old was happy with his performance because it was ultimately a winning one.

“I did everything I had to do. I don’t really make a game plan. I react to what I see. Tonight I saw a power puncher who I kept on the outside with the jab and he wouldn’t engage me,” said MacDonald in an interview with Fuel TV after the event. “At the end of the fight I got him on his back, which was a dangerous position. Another 30 seconds and I could have finished the fight.”

With the win – his fifth straight – the 15-1 fighter likely positioned himself for a title-shot in the immediate future. That being said, MacDonald went on to dismiss recent comments from UFC President Dana White assuring the public “Ares” would swallow his personal admiration for friend/mentor Georges St-Pierre if necessary to earn divisional gold.

“I won’t fight Georges. We’ll come to an alternative if it comes to it. I want the belt by the time I’m 25. But I don’t want to fight Georges,” MacDonald stated firmly. “I’d like to fight a Top 10 or a Top 5 fighter. I’d like to fight Carlos Condit again.”

MacDonald and Condit were expected to meet earlier this year before an injury laid the bout to waste. The two met in 2010 where “The Natural Born Killer” pulled out a last-second strike-based stoppage to avoid a likely decision loss to the talented youngster.

4 COMMENTS
  • MickeyC says:

    And if frogs had wings they would not bump their asses when they hopped. Come on. That fight was weak with neither fighter willing to take a risk to finish. No disrepect intended, but lets keep it real. That performace no where. mereted a title shot of any kind. It was sad to think that both of these fighters where top 5 in the world as I watched. If either would have faught lawler they would.still be.asking people how the got knocked out. And not that robby is a better fighter than they are, but there is a clear visible diffrence in a fighter that comes to finish, & those willing to meet the judges.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Maybe he should change his name to the Bully. Sure Jake didn’t exactly have anything to offer, but the jab should have been used to push forward offensively. Why didn’t he? My thoughts are he was afraid to move into the danger zone.

    I’d like to see him fight Hendricks after GSP pwns him.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    imagine Rorys vs GSP, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab, jab, jab jab jab, jab, jab, jab jab,

    always said its impressive to be able to win a 15/30 minute fight with a jab, but fuck at least try something else

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  • raker says:

    Dana called this fight boring yet this is what he had to say after GSP beat Koscheck in a very similar way…

    “He picked Josh Koscheck apart,” said UFC president Dana White. I thought he fought a beautiful fight against a guy who I have a lot of respect for.”

    I really appreciate the tactical superiority of MacDonald in this fight. Tristar has to be the best in formulating a game plan and neutralizing their opponents.

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