MacDonald: Win puts me in the mix

by Bryan Levick | source:

“I believe that this sport is performance based,” MacDonald explained. “If BJ and I go out there and put on a boring fight no one will want to see me fight the other top guys currently in the spotlight. On the flip side I can put on an exciting, technical fight and walk away victorious then it puts me in the mix and in the top five of the welterweight division.”

Since making the move to begin training at Tri-Star MacDonald has had the opportunity to train alongside St. Pierre, Kenny Florian and a host of other great mixed martial artists. Of course the question of whether or not he would ever fight GSP has come up and MacDonald has emphatically said he would not take that fight and would rather move up and fight at 185. With St. Pierre’s long and storied history with Penn, one would think MacDonald would pick the champions brain, but at the end of the day MacDonald is the one who has to step inside the Octagon and face Penn this time around, not St. Pierre.

“When it comes to fighting I can only rely on myself,” MacDonald said. “Of course Georges can give me pointers and tips, but in the end it’s my fight and not his.”

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AlexinTO site profile image  

6/16/12 1:12 AM by AlexinTO

Nate Diazyou mean Nate Diaz

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6/16/12 12:15 AM by yellow wrkahlc

I vote Koscheck.

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6/16/12 12:06 AM by mikerobmma

This. I want to see him beat one of the ww divisions elite wrestlers first.

Jaybrone site profile image  

6/15/12 11:44 PM by Jaybrone

I would personally love to see BJ at 155 or even get a real conditioning program and I bet he could drop to 145 and wreck people.

goku site profile image  

6/15/12 8:45 PM by goku

 in the mix of what? your managers and supposed friends dont want u to fight for the title for years

yellow wrkahlc site profile image  

6/15/12 8:40 PM by yellow wrkahlc

At first, I read this comment and thought,"This doesn't make sense."But now that I think about it, it makes perfect sense. After Hendricks/Kampmann, what other fight in 170 could Rory take if he beats BJ? And knowing Nick, he'd want this fight.

Ocean6 site profile image  

6/15/12 8:31 PM by Ocean6

This post makes it sound like maybe you don't think Jones will become/is an alltime great.Is that what you meant?

MMALOGIC site profile image  

6/15/12 5:57 PM by MMALOGIC

 That's what he says now... but when that time comes and he gets a scent of that money he's gonna fight GSP in a heartbeat.

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6/15/12 5:31 PM by Forrest Spliffn

What are u even talkin about fambs? U are acting like this kid has not provenhe's a G. Penn could have fought anyone and chose to accept this challenge. How u gonna talk like rory is some kinda class bully looking for soft targets. This kid isn't Brendan Shaub lookin to make a name off of washed up legends every fight. Nothing is stopping bj from lifting weights during his off time but he doesn't. I'm sure if rory worked as hard as bj in the weight room he'd be a 155er too. If bj actually got cut up he could probably scrap at 145 or 135. Him being small for 170 is his fault for his diet and lack of cross training.

mijo site profile image  

6/15/12 5:15 PM by mijo

BJ Penn has a small chance. He will land a punch, and seeing how Rory handles it will determine the fight. On the ground BJ will test him with some submissions. Lets not forget that BJ took Jon Fitch down a couple times. Jon Fitch is not a small 170, and is very strong. Motivated BJ Penn has a chance.