Dana White: “I Don’t Think Rory MacDonald Ever Said He Wouldn’t Fight Georges St-Pierre”


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Rory MacDonald Q&A 478x270UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald could be on a collision course with fellow Tri Star training partner and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but MacDonald doesn’t want to talk about it.

MacDonald (14-1) is ranked third on the UFC’s official 170-pound rankings behind Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit. (St-Pierre is the titleholder and holds the rank of champion and isn’t included in the top ten UFC rankings.).

MacDonald’s only loss is to Condit in June 2010.  The 23-year-old Canadian takes on fourth ranked Jake Ellenberger on July 27 in the co-main event of the UFC on Fox 8 fight card, and a win would move him solidly into title contention.  But the question remains, is he willing to fight St-Pierre?

“I don’t think that Rory ever said he wouldn’t fight GSP.  Rory said he doesn’t want to talk about fighting GSP,” said UFC president Dana White on Tuesday during a media conference call.

“I don’t think he’s ever said he won’t fight GSP.  When that day comes, when he gets to that place where it’s time for GSP vs. Rory MacDonald, I’m sure that’s when Rory MacDonald will want to talk about fighting GSP,” added White.

Many people assume MacDonald won’t accept a fight with St-Pierre.  He left the door open to many possibilities when asked if he’d make a move to the middleweight division to avoid fighting one of his mentors.

“I’m just going to focus on this fight for now.  My whole career has kind of just been go with the flow.  Everything changes after each fight, so I’ll see where I am after this fight and assess the options from there,” said MacDonald when asked about a potential move to middleweight.

A move to middleweight seems unlikely for the former King of the Cage lightweight champion who has competed as a welterweight since 2009.  An eventual match-up with St-Pierre may be inevitable, if he can get past Ellenberger, of course.

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