White predicts Rory MacDonald will leave Tristar, fight GSP


George St-Pierre is the most dominant welterweight champion in UFC history. Fellow Tristar Gym teammate Rory MacDonald may well be the heir apparent. Both fighters and their coach Firas Zahabi say that the pair will never, ever fight.

But UFC president Dana White is equally adamant that athletes in other sports compete against friends, and MMA should be no exception. He has made the remarks a number of times in the past, and repeated them White at Thursday's UFC 167 media scrum.

"[MacDonald] will fight Georges St-Pierre," said White. "I know it, you know it, everybody knows it."

"This is my prediction. I think if he beats Robbie Lawler, he's going to move out of Georges' house, and I think things are going to change. I think this is the fight for him that's going to put him in the direction of fighting GSP. I think if he wins this fight, he's moving out, he's leaving his own place."

"You can't see that this kid wants to fight Georges St-Pierre? He's living in Georges St-Pierre's house. What you don't do, is you don't say you want to fight this guy. That's like saying I don't want to punch the guy in the face whose house I'm living in."

"I know Georges St-Pierre. I know what a professional he is, and I know, when has GSP ever not fought someone who deserved to be next? GSP has never been one of those champions who says ‘I don't think this guy deserves to be fighting me.' he says ‘Who's next.'"

“If you look at the culture of boxing, the guy who beat Muhammad Ali used to be Muhammad Ali’s sparring partner. That’s how this s--- works, man. You pay your dues, you work your way up. Georges St-Pierre has had his day. He’s had his time, he’s had his day and having that championship and having that belt, it is your obligation to give every guy an opportunity to win it.”

"Out of all the fighters we've had, including Chuck Liddell, who is considered part of my family, nobody has been easier and more professional to work with than Georges St-Pierre."

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8flat site profile image  

11/15/13 4:33 PM by 8flat

The more you know:http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/GSP-Sees-2012-Olympics-as-a-Possibility-20919Seeing how well he's picked up MMA wrestling makes me think he would have at least been competitive at the olympic level.

Damienhls site profile image  

11/15/13 4:33 PM by Damienhls

he should have to get through condit or even nick diaz first or johnny Hendricks before he even gets a shot at gsp

pollice_verso site profile image  

11/15/13 4:15 PM by pollice_verso

I don't think GSP's wrestling was ever good enough for the Olympics, or close enough to make training for it realistic unless he spent years on it; I believe he laughed off the old rumors he was considering such a thing, and he himself has recently stressed that it's more a matter of timing and footwork that makes his takedowns so successful. Although his defense, that's harder to explain. Did you see those handstands or whatever during the recent Primetime? Crazy.He's an MMA wrestler. Which is why it's so funny when collegiate/etc. wrestlers get so up in arms about how they could take him in pure wrestling. It makes me wonder how effective their gameplans can really be when I see them going back to their wrestling roots to fight GSP (like Hendricks training with his old coach).

8flat site profile image  

11/15/13 4:08 PM by 8flat

5yrs ago, doable. At 32yrs old, doubtful.

pollice_verso site profile image  

11/15/13 3:55 PM by pollice_verso

True. But at least this seems to be the first time GSP asked for such a thing, plus Diaz had lost a quasi-controversial decision with a lot of people still interested in the match-up. With Jones, who has a reputation for being finnicky about opponents and fight timing, I was surprised he asked for Glover next. I don't think Glover's position as #1 contender is as solid as Hendricks', and the fight was razor close. It made me think he just really didn't want to fight Gustafsson again, which I find questionable in terms of how that fight affected him.

Allen Hood site profile image  

11/15/13 3:41 PM by Allen Hood

A men been saying it for a year now

Bill O'Really site profile image  

11/15/13 3:25 PM by Bill O'Really

If everyone has a price...And loyalty doesn't mean shit...How much would it take for Dana to sign on for a public scrap with Lorenzo? He was gonna do it vs Tito back in the day...I'd buy that PPV

Aaron McKenzie site profile image  

11/15/13 2:52 PM by Aaron McKenzie

Didn't gsp do that with johnny when he decided he would rather fight Diaz?

Cann site profile image  

11/15/13 2:24 PM by Cann

"I know Georges St-Pierre. I know what a professional he is, and I know, when has GSP ever not fought someone who deserved to be next? GSP has never been one of those champions who says ‘I don't think this guy deserves to be fighting me.' he says ‘Who's next.'"Dana taking a hit at Jon Jones? He has refused opponents or said they weren't worthy of a title shot yet.

Bentleysuper8 site profile image  

11/15/13 1:50 PM by Bentleysuper8

This would be much more interesting if Rory was actually in line to fight for the title. Lawler might be a test for him but surely it doesn't put him in line for a shot at the belt.