Dana White Guarantees Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald Will Fight When the Time Comes

July 31, 2013
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GSP Rory MacDonaldTeammates Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald’s career paths seem to be on a collision course, but the two continue to say they will not fight each other.

St-Pierre holds the UFC welterweight title and MacDonald is currently ranked third in the division.  An eventual match-up appears to be inevitable.

“Those two will fight,” said UFC president Dana White during the UFC World Tour stop in New York on Wednesday.

“Here’s what they’re not going to do: they’re not going to publicly sit here and call each other out and go up and see each other in the gym and face each other.  They’re both professionals.  They understand that they’re both on this path to collide, and I think when the day comes, they’ll deal with it then.  I think that’s the way they’re looking at it,” added White.

MacDonald (15-1) is on a five-fight winning streak.  He defeated top-five ranked Jake Ellenberger on July 27.  The only blemish on his record is a loss to former interim welterweight titleholder Carlos Condit in 2010.

White believes the two are saying they will not fight to maintain a normal atmosphere at the Tristar Gym.

“First of all, Rory lives in his house, meaning his gym.  He lives in Montreal, trains with him, Georges says all kinds of good things about him.  How weird would it be after the fight the other night if he got on the mic and said, ‘I want Georges St-Pierre and I want his belt’? It would be a little awkward flying back to Montreal and training on Monday,” said the UFC president.

When the time comes, White has no doubts that the fight will happen.

“I think these guys are handling it like professionals, doing their thing and when the day comes when they’re there, I guarantee you they’ll fight.”

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  • Christina

    I’m pretty sure GSP isn’t going to just stand there and get jabbed for 5 rounds like Ellenberger did. My money will be on GSP.

    • Adam Vogt North Yarmouth

      I have a hard time seeing anybody beating GSP at 170, but Rory could be the kid to do it. His stand up is just so clean and effective. I wish we could have seen his take down defense get tested by Ellenberger, because I think that is the big question about his game, but on the feet, I think Rory could get the better of GSP. Would love to see the fight, when the time comes.

      • Cptmats

        I think George’s stand up is better and if Ellenberger put Rory on his back George will do it when ever he feels like it !

    • Ian Price

      If it happens soon, of course GSP. If it happens when GSP is 35, I dunno….

  • JRod

    Hendricks, Maia, or Condit are the only 2 at 170lbs that have a decent shot to beat GSP, imo. Granted he’s beaten Condit recently, but he has the tools to do it. I’m looking forward to watching him take on Hendricks. I can’t remember the last time GSP fought someone with the power and wrestling that Johnny brings to the table. He’s one guy I think Georges will have difficulty keeping down.

    • JRod

      Lol I forgot Maia, then didn’t change 2 to 3.
      FAIL on my part.

    • PhranktheTank

      Hendricks is an interesting fight. If Hendricks can keep it standing, then he has a chance. He sets himself off balance to throw those big haymakers and GSP’s movement is fantastic, not to mention he’s the better striker, but Hendricks will have 25 minutes to try and land that one punch.

  • bajafox

    Just thinking of this fight makes me sleepy

  • BobGyro

    Guinness should be on hand to hand out the record for “Most jabs ever throw in fight”

  • Manuel Lopez

    These two don’t want to fight each other and it looks like DW and media are hell bent on hyping up this fantasy matchup… Two very unexciting stylized fighters anyways. How lame and desperate.

  • Darin

    The question is: Does anyone WANT to see these two fight? I really couldn’t care less about this fight and I can’t imagine the fight being anything other than a cure for insomnia. All this talk from Dana about GSP and Rory…..did Dana forget about Hendricks? We may be talking about Rory fighting HIM pretty soon.

  • Rory is great. Has a great camp. He’s young and on a roll but honestly that fight with Jake was horrible. Not exciting for a second. He hasn’t faced the level of competition the other fights at 170 have. I like him as a fighter and I give him credit for beating Nate Diaz, BJ Penn and Ellenberger but his biggest fight really against Condit who stopped him in the end. And I’m not hating on Rory, I’d like to see him fight Kampmann or Diego Sanchez or Matt Brown even just to give him another big win to really put him in the top spot.

    • Cereal Killer

      Rory needs that “GSP vs Hughes” moment to push him into greatness, I think. He’s at that same age as GSP was.

      • 2 more fights, even 1 more fight and you can’t deny this guy is next in line. After Hendricks even, they may have to start addressing the issue. I think people may give Rory to much credit just b/c he’s young and trains at tri star with GSP though. He is very talented but at the same time he isn’t GSP. But time will tell.

      • Gary Fredericks

        What do you (or anyone else) think of a rematch with Ellenberger? My opinion is that it would be different and they may be more pressed to initiate and push the fight to save face from the last one. I got to think at least Ellenberger would want to do it again.

    • Ian Price

      Not many will disagree with you. He will be fighting a top-5 next, that’s for sure.

      • Anyone you can think of that interest you? I’ve always liked him and Kampmann but that’s not happening.

    • Gary Fredericks

      I’d like to see a Condit rematch to be honest. That would place a clearer picture of where Rory stands I think. Hendricks would be a good option too, but I think Rory’s skill at keeping HIS range where he wants the fight to be (read: Jab) would keep Hendricks at bay and win a decision or possibly stoppage if it’s a 5 rounder. 170 is a good division for the fans at the present moment. Lots of arm-chair matchmaking for sure.

      • It sucks they have Condit and Kampmann going at it when they are both in need of a win to stay on top of the divsion. A loss for either one will set them back for sure. Condit has a lot of close matches. Diaz (techniqually), Ellenberger, Kampmann and Rory because he almost lost that fight. Guy is just a tough fight, but I’d rather would have seen him fight Matt Brown or something,.

        • Gary Fredericks

          Matt Brown….didn’t think of that! I’d watch that for sure! He’d push McD to fight and has a long rangey physique to match his, possibly forcing an exciting fight.

          • With the streak he’s on he deserves a fight like that. But Mike Pyle is on a roll too I believe so this will still be a good fight.

  • drkdisciple

    Dana also promised us several times that GSP would fight Anderson…that fight never happened and neither will this one.

  • dgs

    One thing Dana doesn’t understand, is that sometimes friendship means more to some people than $$$. Since Dana probably has zero “real” friends (hanger-ons, moochers, and sycophants sure, but real friends, doubtful), and since the only thing Dana values is $$$, the concept of two people not fighting each other for any amount of money is very foreign to him.

    GSP is an honorable man, and is already quite wealthy, so I believe it when he says he won’t fight Rory for any amount of money. Again, honor is also not something I believe Dana is real familiar with.

    • Braeden

      Your ignoring the fact that GSP might want Rory to take his belt one day. They train together an GSP wants the best for Rory. GSP has hinted retiring in the next few years. I don’t think you know GSP personally so stating he might not fight for all the money in the world isn’t really accurate. I’m not saying you are wrong, maybe both agreed that they will never fight, but I think Dana has a point that they are going to be professional about it.

      Georges would want to pass the torch to someone he respects and someone he feels deserves it.

      • dgs

        Passing the torch is one thing, I can see that, and I can see Rory moving into that spot. But fighting for the belt, I don’t believe that will happen.

        No, I have never met GSP and have no idea what he’s like behind closed doors. But GSP has always presented himself with a high degree of class, honor (I know some people still think he greased on purpose in his BJ Benn fight, but I disagree!), and integrity, and when the man says he won’t fight his friend for any amount of money, I believe him.

      • dgs

        Also, one other thing that should be mentioned is, I believe Hendricks is the most dangerous opponent fighting for GSP’s belt yet. Unlike Weidman beating Silva, which I thought was not going to happen in a million years (and would not have if Silva hadn’t fought like a clown), I think there is a very good chance Hendricks can beat GSP. If that happens, there won’t be a worry about Rory and GSP fighting eachother, problem solved.

  • Derek

    what a boring fight that would be…….

  • eric

    Rory needs to fight loser of hendricks and gsp, condit needs another shot at gsp kuz lets be real…hes the only one of late thats pushed him…hendricks did not beat condit and I dont care what the record or ignorant fans say condit is still the top contender but I see dana selling rematch with rory before condit gsp2

  • Christopher Sparks

    Dana also said GSP vs Anderson and Anderson vs Jones as well. I love Dana but, I believe Dana dangles carrots quite a bit not knowing what another grown man is for sure going to do.

  • Dragon ball z

    Rory moves to middle weight to fight silva

  • asnow

    Gsp is going to take the fall in Hendricks fight so Rory can come right back in and beat the crap out of hendricks and bring the belt back to tristar. Dont worry they always have a plan.