MacDonald: I don’t want to be a superstar

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The crowded field of welterweights in the UFC thinned Saturday night, as Rory MacDonald unanimously beat Tyron Woodley in front of hometown fans. “Ares” can be a difficult personality to get a read on, but at the post fight press conference, he was very clear about what he doesn't want.

“I want them to like me, but I don’t want to be a superstar,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie. “I just like to fight and hopefully I’ll be a dominant champion and represent Canada well.”

“I think this is probably my best performance of my career so far. I’ve got to watch the tape, but the feeling I have right now I’m pretty happy right now. Except closing the fight I didn’t get the finish, but things went well.

“A lot of credit has to go to my coach Firas Zahabi and the Tristar gym. I think I’m falling into a groove and I don’t know, something’s clicking.”

UFC president Dana White said post fight that the winner of Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown on July 26 still gets the title shot vs. Johny Hendricks when he returns following surgery for a torn bicep. MacDonald was unconcerned.

“I like to fight,” he said. “If I wait a year for a shot, if someone gets injured or maybe they forget about me. I like to fight, so I’ll just continue fighting if I have to wait.”

“I want to be clear that I want that. I just wanted to say I respect the decision of the UFC. There’s two guys ahead of me, but if that fight’s a stinker I’ll be ready.”