Rory MacDonald Dismisses St. Pierre Fight, But Hints at ‘Arrangements’ with GSP
UFC welterweight fighter Rory MacDonald spoke with The MMA Hour Monday about his friendship with current welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre.
As has lately been the case with MacDonald (14-1), given his steady rise to being ranked the UFC’s 3rd contender in the 170-lb division, he was asked what he would do if offered a fight against friend and teammate, Georges St. Pierre. As has been MacDonald’s typical answer, he responded that they would not; except that in Monday’s interview, the answer seemed a little more open-ended.
MacDonald shot down the fight, but then immediately hinted at the what the future could hold for the two Tri-Star fighters.
“We’re not fighting. Me and Georges are friends, we’re training partners. We’ll have our own arrangements and figure it all out when the time comes. Its not going to come to us fighting. Friends, teammates, you know? We’re here to help each other.”
When asked what he meant about his and Georges “arrangements,” MacDonald said that we’ll simply have to wait until the time comes.
“We’ll just figure it out. I’m not there yet. I’m more focused on Jake [Ellenberger] than anything, I’m taking it one step at a time. I’m sure at one point I’ll be champ in this division, that is my goal. I’m not just here to be No. 3 guy or No. 4 or whatever I’m ranked. Eventually I’ll get there.”
Indeed, MacDonald will have to face Jake Ellenberger as the main event fight of UFC on FOX 8 on July 27. Ellenberger (29-6) is coming off a first-round knockout of Nate Marquardt, the last fight on an 8-1 run that has brought the 170-lb fighter one spot below MacDonald in the welterweight rankings. In the stacked division, an impressive victory for either fighter could bring them next in line for a shot at St. Pierre.