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.”