White: MacDonald’s style makes the action stop

Monday, November 18, 2013

Canadian Rory MacDonald started fighting professionally at age 17, and at 23 was considered by many to be the heir apparent to GSP’s belt. UFC president Dana White suggested that it was just a matter of time before MacDonald switched gyms to work towards collecting GSP’s multimillion dollar PPV fueled paydays.

Then MacDonald had an uninspired decision win over Jake Ellenberger, and Saturday night dropped a decision to Robbie Lawler. Now it is Lawler and his camp talking about a title shot, and White was left to speculate about what went wrong for MacDonald.

“I can’t tell if he doesn’t let it go or he’s just not that well rounded,” said White as transcribed by Tom Ngo from 5thround.com. “He’s just very one-dimensional. He has this style of nullifying a fight. He has a style of just making the action stop. I think that a lot of guys, he bugs them out and gets in their head when he starts doing that and they feel like they can’t land and it ends up being this staring competition.

“All the way leading up to this fight, I kept saying this is the perfect fight for MacDonald because we’re gonna find out what he’s really got in this fight because Robbie Lawler is going to take it to him. Robbie Lawler has this style of wrestling and hands and the power to hurt you that you’re going to have to fight completely different than you have been.”

White is obviously no longer talking about MacDonald switching teams to fight GSP; title talk has fallen to Lawler, who appropriately held back on it before the fight, but jumped in at the UFC 167 post fight press conference.

“I think what we should probably do if Georges takes off for a half a year or a year, Hendricks and I fight for an interim title,” said Lawler Saturdau. “And when Georges comes back, I’ll beat him up, too. Let’s do this.”

What do you think UG? What do you think about Rory MacDonald after his last two fights? And how you like to see Robbie Lawler fighting for the UFC welterweight title?