Georges St-Pierre concedes that Rory MacDonald is a friend, but says that the criticism of 'Ares' following his fight with Jake Ellenberger is unwarranted.
"I believe it was a great fight," St-Pierre said at the UFC World Tour 2013's Monday stop in Las Vegas. "I texted Rory and said it was a great fight. He stuffed a very, very dangerous opponent in Jake Ellenberger. A lot of people give him criticism, but the truth is – and it's not only because Rory is my friend and training partner – the truth is we all knew by watching the fight Rory was winning that fight.
"He was doing well. He was beating Jake Ellenberger. It was up to Jake to take a risk to change the momentum of that fight. If you're winning the fight, if you're doing well and winning, it is up to your opponent to change the momentum and to capitalize. Everyone knew he was losing the fight."
"For someone that knows fighting, I believe it was a great fight. On the other side, for Jake, I don't believe it was a great fight for Jake. I believe Jake should have done something to try to change the momentum. he did at the end, but it was too late.
"I think Rory did a great fight. You don't brawl with a brawler, and I think he did a very good fight, very smart. He shut down Jake Ellenberger. Not only did he shut down a very, very dangerous opponent, he made it look relatively easy."
"I don't care what people say. That's what I believe."
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