Dana White Thinks MacDonald Will Leave Tristar To Fight GSP
It has been a recurring theme among MMA fans when they speak of the UFC welterweight division. Will Rory “Ares” MacDonald, training partner of Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, ever fight the long-standing champion if he gets a title shot?
St. Pierre and MacDonald have both been adamant in the past that this was an impossibility, and MacDonald simply states “nope,” and “next question” when asked about a possible match-up with his training partner.
UFC President Dana White, on the other hand, believes that MacDonald will in fact move away from the famed Tristar Gym in order to get a crack at the elusive welterweight title.
“[MacDonald] will fight Georges St-Pierre, I know it, you know it, everybody knows it,” White said at the UFC 167 pre-fight media scrum.
White believes that if MacDonald defeats Robbie Lawler on Saturday’s UFC 167 event, it will light a fire under MacDonald, and make him realize that he needs to leave Tristar.
“This is my prediction, I think if he beats Robbie Lawler, he’s going to move out of Georges’ house, and I think things are going to change,” White said. “I think this is the fight for him that’s going to put him in the direction of fighting GSP. I think if he wins this fight, he’s moving out.”
White said that it is obvious why MacDonald is saying he will not fight St. Pierre.
“He’s living in Georges St-Pierre’s house. What you don’t do, is you don’t say you want to fight this guy,” he said. “That’s like saying I don’t want to punch the guy in the face whose house I’m living in.”
Tristar trainer Firas Zahabi recently told mmafighting.com that he sees the situation in a different light. He said he disapproves of the two fighting, and said, “I always tell myself, why would I do that? I spent so much time, for so many years, to work with them, to have this energy. Why would I betray one of them or turn my interest against one of them?”
Pierre looks for his ninth consecutive title defense, and twelfth-straight win in the UFC in his title defense against Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks this Saturday, while MacDonald looks to move up the in the ranks again while propelling his winning streak to six-straight against Lawler.