Rory MacDonald Learning from Ellenberger Fight, Looks to be More Aggressive Against Lawler at UFC 167
“That fight sucked so bad,” UFC President Dana White said of Rory MacDonald’s last fight in the UFC against Jake Ellenberger. “[Rory] threw a few jabs and some front kicks, that’s it. I don’t think he moves down the ladder, but do you think anybody’s screaming to see him in a fight again?”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
UFC welterweight fighter Rory MacDonald is just over two weeks away from fighting Robbie Lawler at UFC 167. In Lawler, MacDonald will be facing an opponent on a 2-0 tear since entering the UFC this year, knocking out both Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker.
MacDonald’s opponent seemed an intentional choice by the UFC brass, given his last fight against Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 8. In that three-round bout, MacDonald won decisively, but without much excitement.
“That fight sucked so bad,” UFC President Dana White would go on to say about the performance. “[Rory] threw a few jabs and some front kicks, that’s it. I don’t think he moves down the ladder, but do you think anybody’s screaming to see him fight again? Unfortunately gentlemen, we live in a business that you’re as good as you’re last fight. We live in a world where people want to see guys put on exciting fights.”
It seems natural, then, that the UFC would give MacDonald – who has long been ranked in the welterweight division’s top five – Lawler, who has only recently earned himself a spot amongst the top ten. The hope, presumably, being that Lawler will force MacDonald to fight in an exciting bout.
And Rory MacDonald took the hint. In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, he said that he will look to bring some more excitement into his fights.
“There was a lot of criticism about (my most recent fight). I’ve taken some advice to be a little more exciting, a little more aggressive and also balancing it with being a technical fighter, so there was a lot to learn from that fight.”
While the statement provides hope to fans who want to see action-packed fights, MacDonald will assuredly place his priority on defeating his opponent. As the No. 3 ranked contender at 170 lbs., he is certainly one or two big wins away from a shot at the UFC belt.
That belt will be up for the taking in the main event of UFC 167 as Johny Hendricks challenges the long-time welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre. MacDonald and Lawler will meet on the main card of the fight, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 16.