Rory MacDonald is fighting for a few different reasons, but one of them isn’t for the adoration of the fans.

It was very evident in the lead-up to his fight against B.J. Penn at UFC on Fox 5 that MacDonald was not going to be the fan favorite facing off against the Hawaiian legend.

Still most fighters will admit it’s not a good feeling to have an entire arena of people against you on a given night. There are those rare occasions where a fighter such as Josh Koscheck for instance, feeds off of the negative energy.

For Rory MacDonald, he’s like an assassin – cold, emotionless, and has a mission when he steps into the cage. No amount of cheers or boos are going to change what he has to do, and so nothing bothers him one way or the other.

“It doesn’t matter, I don’t fight for them,” MacDonald said about the crowd and fans. “People can love me or hate me, I fight for myself and because I love it. It is what it is.”

It may not make him a fan favorite by saying what he’s saying, but Rory MacDonald is just being himself, and if that attracts people to love him, great. If not, he’s not losing any sleep over it.

“I don’t care, as long as I fight well and I think I did. If they don’t like me, I can’t do anything about it. I’m just going to be me,” said MacDonald.

Whether you love him or hate him, MacDonald’s talent is undeniable and he’ll look to continue his recent streak as he moves into 2013 and his next fight in the UFC.

(photo courtesy of Will Fox)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night 67: 5 Reasons to Watch Condit vs. Alves Fight Card

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 views

Whether you've recovered from UFC 187's blistering lineup of high-profile scraps, the UFC is tossing another hard-hitting event your way Saturday with UFC Fight Night 67. Featuring a main event welte read news >>

Knuckle Up #364: UFC 187 + the Unbearable Joy of Being Wrong for the Right Reasons

  • 3 days ago
  • 8 views

Literary gunslinger Eugene S. Robinson lends his "one"-of-a-"kind" "perspective" to UFC 187, the dismasting of his pick to win, the late quasi-great ANTHONY 'RUMBLE' JOHNSON at the hands of America's read news >>

You don't need 10 reasons to watch this can't-miss UFC 187 event

  • 6 days ago
  • 0 views

There are a few times of the year in which the UFC puts forth its best foot and stacks a card, and Memorial Day weekend – and this weekend’s UFC 187 event – is one of those.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 187: 7 Reasons to Watch Johnson vs. Cormier Fight Card

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

This Saturday will mark the UFC's third installment of a two-month, eight-event spring calendar. It will culminate with a light heavyweight showdown between top contenders Anthony "Rumble" Johnson an read news >>

3 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 views

Seems like things have really slowed for the UFC since Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold took center stage at the Prudential Center in Jersey. Maybe it had to do with the buildup and anticipation to th read news >>

Overeem doubts Cro Cop rematch in the future: 'I broke him mentally'

  • 18 days ago
  • 14 views

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem delves into the reasons he believes Mirko Cro Cop won’t request a rematch against him. read news >>

10 reasons to watch a rare MMA co-promotion and some UFC fights this weekend

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

While MMA fighters try to wrap their bank accounts around this brave new world of tier-based sponsor compensation, a few fight cards – including a rare co-promotion, as well as an international UFC c read news >>

UFC Fight Night 65: 5 Reasons to Watch Hunt vs. Miocic Fight Card

  • 23 days ago
  • 3 views

The UFC's rapid spring continues this Saturday as Adelaide, Australia plays host to UFC Fight Night 65. An enticing heavyweight showdown between striking artists Stipe Miocic and Mark Hunt headlines read news >>

Georges St-Pierre, Rory MacDonald pine for return to no-holds-barred fighting

  • 29 days ago
  • 13 views

Before a laundry list of rules were implemented, the UFC was pretty close to “as real as it gets,” though promoters were far more coarse in describing the action inside the octagon. Filed under: Feat read news >>