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Rory MacDonald UFC 145 Blog | Talks Highs And Lows Of His Career

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By Rory MacDonald:
I’m writing this first pre-fight blog on a Sunday, my rest day, and the one day dedicated to allowing my body to recover from the rigours of training. By this stage, I’m desperate for the rest day to come around.

Usually on a day off I’ll wake up, go to church, relax in a hot tub and cold bath, allow my muscles to recover and injuries to heal, and then after that I’ll just focus on eating well, chilling out with friends and staying away from the gym. My Sundays have followed this pattern pretty much since I started camp ahead of my fight on April 21st against English puncher Che Mills.

Rest days are vital to a fighter, and every bit as important as a training day, really. You need days like this to aid recovery and then allow your body to push itself during the next session. If you don’t make the most of these rest days, your body will suffer from wear and tear and gradually break down, meaning all that hard training you’ve done will, ultimately, be a little bit pointless.

I feel absolutely awesome right now, to tell you the truth. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this good or healthy during a training camp. I’m really on top of my injuries and my niggles and am so far — touch wood — able to concentrate purely on getting my body into the best shape it’s ever been in. I’m getting lots of massages, seeing an osteopath, staying on top of rehab exercises, warming up and warming down in the right way, and just generally monitoring my body and its needs a lot better than I’ve ever done in the past.

In fact, going into the last fight I had scheduled, against Brian Ebersole at UFC 140 before Christmas, I was riddled with injuries. I was just coming off a shoulder injury, then had a hip injury, a quad injury and then finally the back and front of my knee became injured.

It was just one thing after another and was a horrible ordeal to go through. I wasn’t really able to train much and it seemed like each injury would occur around the time that a previous injury had started to clear.

When the eight-week fight camp started, I had to avoid training altogether for the first four weeks, simply because my body was broken down and unable to function the way it needed to. That meant I had only four weeks in total to train for Ebersole. I wouldn’t even be able to train properly during that time period, and sparring would have been off the agenda.

Looking back, I wasn’t able to start properly training until, what would have been, the week of the fight. In hindsight, I had no choice but to pull out of the bout even though I really wanted to fight on that big Toronto card.

I want a long and successful career in this sport and, in order to achieve that, you have to take care of your body. I don’t want to be one of those guys that does stupid things in preparation, takes risks when they shouldn’t and then ends up paying for it in the long run. Longevity in this sport is really important to me, and I want to be someone that is competing and dominating for a very long time.

You learn from experience and you learn from your mistakes. Although I’m only 22 years of age, I have packed a lot into a short space of time and have had a lot of fights in my career. That means a lot of training camps and a lot of time to learn, pick things up from others and gradually improve the way in which you prepare for a fight. Everybody is different and everybody has their own routine and way of doing things, and the real key is to look at all these different methods and eventually find the one that is best suited to you.

I’m not just saying it for hype — I genuinely feel as though I’ve finally found the methods that best work for me, and I couldn’t be happier right now. I’ve found my niche. This is going to be the start of something big — something that takes my game to the next level.

In truth, I’ve really been upset with the way my career has gone in the last few years. Sure, there have been good wins along the way, but I’ve been disappointed with the pattern it has taken and the inactivity that I’ve suffered as a result of injuries. It has been very stop-and-start, and it seems as though whenever I start building momentum and get a big win, something pulls the rug out from under me and I’m forced to sit on the sidelines for a few months. I’ve never really enjoyed the benefits of a solid rhythm or clear schedule. That’s just never come my way.

I’ve made a goal, a pact with myself to try and fight three times a year from this point on, starting with Che Mills on April 21st. After beating Mills at UFC 145, I’m really keen to stay busy, stay healthy and then get out again not long after, perhaps some time during the summer.

That’s not to say I’m looking past Mills, however. I know he is dangerous and I know I’ll have to be at my best to beat to win, but, unfortunately for him, he’s definitely going to get beaten on April 21st.

-Blog courtesy Sportsnet.ca

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17 Comments to Rory MacDonald UFC 145 Blog | Talks Highs And Lows Of His Career

  1. GRT 3000 says:

    Another good Canadian boy. lol but…he kinda looks like Marilyn Manson in this pic. without the makeup.

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      I have a great idea for adding a “HIGH” to Rory’s career. Let’s all beg the UFC to let Rory finish off what’s left of Fitch’s boring ass career. Rory would lay down a worse ass Kicking on Fitch than GSP did

  2. magoo says:

    Theres the man thats gonna carry the WW torch after GSP retires not Ellenberger not Kampman not Condit or Diaz…….Rory Mcdonald is that guy!

  3. ricky says:

    look at the photo…its like “read my mothafuckin blog now or ill beat the shit out of you”

  4. Hightower says:

    Future champ

  5. true mma says:

    This is the future champ…..

  6. Dick Diaz says:

    man, I want this guy to start getting some sort of momentum going (besides the Carlos Condit Two Round beatdown)… he’ll be entertaining in the future if he gets the steam rolling…lot of potential

  7. MMACRAVER says:

    This monkey is a fucking joke.

    First MMA gym I ever went into was toshido… and it just so happened that the owner David was going to let this joker teach the class. (this is before he hit it big)

    He knows there is myself and 3 other new people in the class who don’t know anyone…. He starts the class by saying “K everyone just do what you want for the first 10 minutes.” his coach even said (former coach now) “So that’s how you teach a class?… ok then.”

    So as if starting in an MMA school isn’t intimidating enough.. this guy makes it even more difficult. I actually was rolling with a kid who was weaker then me and I would just muscle out of everything he did and I even mounted him… but had no fucking idea what to do after… No instruction whatsoever.

    So class continues on… I am enjoying myself… the people are nice, some joking and laughing… seems all good… this is about fun right?

    So at the end of class this guy gives a long lecture about how we didn’t make good use of our training time and he is “dissappointed” in us (i assume partly directed at me)… After he fucking showed me and the others absolutely nothing… and threw me into a situation where I had to meet a bunch of new people and train with them. But yet somehow the fact that at certain times there was laughter joking instead of brutal kill training pissed him off?

    Your a fucking tool Rory Mcdonald… You went to the same High school as me… and I know you like to pick fights at parties.

    He is soft spoken in interviews but the kid is a fucking joke.

    TRUE STORY ALL OF IT.

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      I think Rory must have poured the beef to his little sister and he’s jealous.

      All i know is would pay just about anything to see Rory kick Jon Fitch’s ass and then he would be my hero just like Johny Hendricks is.

      some day all fighters will be like Rory and make damn sure to run all the “FITCHs” out of MMA for good. UFC is suppose to be fighting not leghumping

    • .. says:

      + 500000 to what mma craver said!!!

    • val says:

      MMA craver, you are a very jealous boy, you went to high school with him?? why don’t you post your real name? ha ha,, your the tool, grow up little MMa craver.

  8. Name says:

    Look at you all Butthurt, here you are raging on this article of Rory’s success and degrading him and Toshido. You are just completely jealous that he has accomplished better things in his MMA career than you would in your whole life. Oh yeah and who dosen’t like to scrap once in a while with a few mission kids in an OKM party ;)

    • MMACRAVER says:

      lol! no actually I’m “butthurt” cause he taught a shitty class…

      I have accomplished and will accomplish many things in my life. (definitely won’t make a living at MMA… but thats ok ;)

      Didn’t say anything bad about Toshido..like I said David lee said.. “Is that how you teach a class?… alright then” this was back when he had an injury of some kind if I recall, so he let Rory take over the class… long story short didn’t like my impression of him.

      Anyways don’t really give too many fucks… just makes it more fun to cheer against him!!

      Condit ftw :P

  9. Timothy Hosbach says:

    I met Rory Mcdonald at the fan exspo in boston got my pic done with him cool guy to talk to for a ufc fighter i have alot of respect for it takes alot to do what he does.

  10. Magoo says:

    Lmao….no doubt!

  11. Dick Diaz says:

    the next ufc champ he will be the one to take out gsp

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