rory-macdonald-14.jpg(This story appears in today’s edition of USA TODAY.)

UFC welterweight contender Rory MacDonald spent much of the past few weeks insisting he would not and could not fight friend and teammate Georges St-Pierre.

Not even for the UFC welterweight title St-Pierre has held for the last five years.

Before MacDonald’s lackluster unanimous decision win against Jake Ellenberger (29-7 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at UFC on FOX 8 in Seattle, UFC President Dana White said he didn’t believe it.

After the plodding performance by MacDonald (15-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC), who used a jab and a front kick and little else to win the fight on all three judges’ scorecards, it seemed like persuading MacDonald to accept a UFC title shot was the least of White’s concerns.

“I don’t think he moves down the ladder,” White said of MacDonald after the event. “But do you think anybody’s screaming to see him fight again?”

White had a point. With the win, MacDonald, 24, who’s ranked No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/ MMA welterweight rankings, found himself in a sort of no-man’s land.

Regardless of whether he’d really turn down a title shot against a teammate, the unimpressive performance against Ellenberger, who was ranked No. 3 entering the fight, sucked the momentum out of MacDonald’s climb up the ranks.

Now the question is not so much whether he’d fight St-Pierre but whether anyone would care to see it.

At the same time, a victory against a higher-ranked opponent left MacDonald at or near the top of the list of welterweight contenders in the UFC.

If he takes another fight while he waits for St-Pierre to defend his title against No. 2 Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November, it seems like the best he can do is erase the memory of a boring win with an exciting one. Even that would likely land him right back in the same position, assuming St-Pierre retains his title.

MacDonald doesn’t seem to think there was anything wrong with his latest victory.

After the fight, he told news reporters he had done exactly what he was supposed to do.

“I was focused on the task at hand, and I was waiting for the knockout to come,” MacDonald said.

The problem is, fans typically aren’t all that excited about paying to watch a fighter wait. MacDonald might have left KeyArena victorious, but he also left to the unmistakable sound of boos.

If MacDonald wants to be a UFC champion in the near future, something has to give. St-Pierre has to lose his title, retire or simply move on from the welterweight division. Or MacDonald has to rethink whether his friendship with St-Pierre is worth more to him than a shot at a UFC championship.

Whatever he decides, White said, he won’t help his cause fighting the way he did against Ellenberger.

“You don’t want to put on a bunch of performances like that,” White said. “It’s not good for anybody. It’s not good for him; it’s not good for us; it’s not good for the sport.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Former UFC middleweight contender Alan Belcher announces retirement

  • 18 days ago

Out of action for the past two-and-a-half years, Alan Belcher today made it official: He’s officially retired.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Pongsiri Mitsatit Hopes Full Metal Dojo Springboards Him to International Success

  • 25 days ago

Undefeated strawweight Pongsiri Mitsatit is hoping victory at Full Metal Dojo can propel him into the international spotlight. read news >>

Miocic Hopes UFC 195 Bout Gets Him Closer to Gold

  • 27 days ago

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Stipe Miocic. The heavyweight contender from Independence, Ohio is not exactly what you would call a Dickensian character, but he did run throu read news >>

Rousimar Palhares Handed 2-Year Suspension, $40K Fine

  • 26 days ago

One of mixed martial arts dirtiest fighters was today suspended for two years and fined $40,000 (plus attorney general's fees) for holding a submission too long earlier this year. Rousimar Palhares, read news >>

Rousimar Palhares suspended two years, fined 40k for holding WSOF 22 submission

  • 26 days ago

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously to suspend ex-WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares two years and issue a $40,000 fine – in addition to court costs – for holding a read news >>

Listen to today's UFC 193 media call with Rousey-Holm, Jedrzejczyk-Letourneau at 5 p.m. ET

  • 26 days ago

You can listen to a live stream of today’s UFC 193 media call with headliners Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, plus co-headliners Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valerie Letourneau, on MMAjunkie beginning at 5 p. read news >>

Caio Magalhaes: Six-month suspension, 40 hours community service for spitting on Samman

  • 26 days ago

UFC middleweight Caio Magalhaes was today given a six-month suspension and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service for spitting on Josh Samman following their bout at The Ultimate Fighter 21 read news >>

Rory MacDonald Believes 19-Year-Old UFC Newcomer Sage Northcutt Has Bright Future

  • 26 days ago

Nineteen-year-old Sage Northcutt wowed UFC president Dana White when the promotion’s executive attended Legacy Fighting Championship 42 over the summer. read news >>

The Speed Bag: UFC-named arena would be cool ... but cool enough for the price?

  • 27 days ago

A report today in Las Vegas said the UFC is in talks to purchase the naming rights to a new arena on the Strip. In the latest Speed Bag, Ben Fowlkes wonders if that’s cool enough for the price it wil read news >>

Rory MacDonald confident GSP can still hang with best, suggests title wouldn't be priority

  • 27 days ago

Rory MacDonald is adamant he doesn't know if Georges St-Pierre will commit to a return to the octagon. What MacDonald does know, however, is that should St-Pierre ever decide to end his hiatus and ma read news >>