Rory MacDonald has finally secured a title shot, at a time when his teammate and former champ, Georges St-Pierre, is taking a break from the sport. That said, the Tristar welterweight could be holding the UFC championship when GSP decides to come back. So what then?
For months and months, MacDonald was asked whether he’d be willing to fight St-Pierre, when the latter was the reigning champ. MacDonald repeatedly said he wouldn’t, and it sounds like that hasn’t changed.
While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here is what MacDonald had to say, when he was asked whether he would fight GSP in his role as champion:
“I’m pretty sure Georges would respect my position as champion just like I respected his position as champion,” MacDonald said. “I would just keep fighting, and he would probably be fighting other people. I would be the champion; he wouldn’t be.”
That’s probably not what Dana White wants to hear, as the UFC boss man has always argued the two would fight if they had to. Clearly MacDonald-GSP would also be a massive fight, particularly in Canada.
Of course, none of this is an issue right now, as MacDonald hasn’t won the title and St-Pierre isn’t fighting. For now, MacDonald will wait to see who wins the December 6th bout between champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
While MacDonald has said he doesn’t care who he fights, he did acknowledge that rematching Lawler intrigues him. The latter scored a split decision over “Ares” last November.
“It would definitely be a cool experience to fight a guy for a second time because we’ve both been in there together and we know each other’s likes in a way,” MacDonald said. “We have that history and that experience together. I’m sure that me and Robbie and me and Carlos, I’ll have those two rematches eventually…”
The welterweight division certainly has some massive fights on the horizon.
MacDonald is coming off a memorable, third round stoppage win over Tarec Saffiedine last weekend.
Hendricks-Lawler will headline UFC 181, which will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.