With GSP And Zahabi’s Support, MacDonald Poised To Inherit Crown In Two Years
By Micah Hinchliffe:
During last night’s airing of Ultimate Insider we got to take a peak into the renowned Tristar camp and hear from some of it’s most successful fighters as they prepare for UFC 145 in Atlanta, April 21st. Among these fighters was welterweight contender Rory “Ares” Macdonald, whom many believe to be the future of the 170 pound division and from his recent dominating performances, it’s clear to see why some people are comparing his rise with that of Jon Jones.
Despite his age, no one can deny that at 22, MacDonald has been rag-dolling serious competition such as Mike Pyle and Nate Diaz. Some even believe that if the third round of his fight with current UFC Interim Champion Carlos Condit had been allowed to continue that he would have indeed won the decision. Head Coach of Tristar Gym Firas Zahabi highlights on Rory’s talent:
“He’s very young, he hasn’t reached his peek whatsoever, he’s not 50% of what he’s gonna be in the next five years and thats the scary part of it all. In a few years he’s gonna go on a long winning streak that’s going to be worthy of the history books.”
Training partner and 170 pound kingpin Georges St-Pierre went on to agree with MacDonald’s seemingly limitless abilities:
“Rory Macdonald is a special fighter. He’s willing to step outside of the box and do something that nobody has done before, to get better and become a better martial artist.”
With no lack of ambition at all, Rory has clear ideas as to how he intends on becoming Welterweight Champion and possibly future Middleweight champion. He believes his technique is what is going to set him ahead of other fighters as he continues to develop in MMA. He believes that being so young is vital to his success in the sport as he has a lot more time then most UFC fighters;
“The focus on this fight and my training is I wanna develop such a high level of technique that I could fight higher weight classes, you know, all my moves will work against anybody and not just guys my size. There’s so many guys that have the potential to be champions and I believe in all the fighters here, but the next world champion of Tristar will be me I believe, and in a year or two I’ll be wearing the belt at 170.”
Could it be possible that Rory Macdonald is the first fighter to hold belts in multiple weight divisions at the same time? What’s clear is that Macdonald is one of the “new breed of fighters” that Dana White continues to refer to, a fighter that hasn’t just been training techniques in one aspect of martial arts his whole life, but has been training techniques of Mixed Martial Arts. At 22 years old and being in his first Co-Main event against Che Mills at UFC 145 in Atlanta, what is holding Macdonald back from achieving everything he has set out to do in the sport?