Rory MacDonald: “I Just Get in There and Fight… If They Suffer, They Suffer”

July 26, 2013
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Rory MacDonald is one Rory MacDonald vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 129 of the most even keel fighters in the UFC, in and out of the cage.

Even though his UFC on Fox 8 opponent, Jake Ellenberger, has been taking verbal jabs at him at every turn, MacDonald isn’t rattled. Thus far, he’s kept his cool attitude intact and intends to keep it all the way to the Octagon on Saturday night in Seattle.

“My message to Rory is pretty clear: for him to start tasting some flavors of baby food and find which ones you like and stock up, because this isn’t the Tears for Fears look alike contest. All I said to him was prepare for some horizontal television time, and I meant it,” Ellenberger crowed during a recent media call.

“I am an evidence-based abuser,” he continued. “I didn’t make him make the stupid decision to fight me, and I’m just going to make him look stupid when I destroy him.”

For many fighters, such boisterous claims would come off as overcompensation for fears that he didn’t match up, but for Ellenberger, that’s not the case. It’s his own brand of confidence and an attempt bounce around in MacDonald’s head.

Ellenberger (29-6) is 8-2 during his UFC tenure, knocking out five of his eight victims. That’s no small feat considering he’s faced the likes of Carlos Condit, Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, Martin Kampmann, and Nate Marquardt.

But none of that shakes MacDonald’s quiet confidence.

He didn’t get this far by doubting himself. And once he put his emotions in check, MacDonald’s course has been true.

A teammate of longtime UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, MacDonald (14-1) has forged tremendous successes of his own in the Octagon.

A fired up crowd got into his head in his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 115, but knowing what went wrong, MacDonald hasn’t let it happen again.

He has since reeled off four consecutive victories, blasting through Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle, Che Mills, and two-division champion B.J. Penn. With such a resume, it’s easy to see why MacDonald isn’t intimidated by Ellenberger’s antics or his list of accolades.

“I don’t really care. It doesn’t really bother me either way,” said MacDonald. “I don’t care about the disrespecting or whatever. I just get in there and fight my fight, and yes, if they suffer, they suffer. I don’t really care if they’re nice or they’re an (expletive).”

MacDonald and Ellenberger are both on a trajectory that aligns with St-Pierre’s title. But should he win, even talk about whether or not he would fight his friend or jump ship and move up to middleweight doesn’t shake the Canadian.

“Both guys are explosive, dynamic finishers, and two of the top guys in that division,” UFC president Dana White commented. “Obviously, the guy who wins this fight is right up there and close to a title shot.”

MacDonald doesn’t want to talk about the what ifs at this stage of the game, however, he is focused on the task at hand and continuing to do what has got him to this point in his young career.

“I’m just going to focus on this fight for now,” said the 24-year-old. “My whole career has just kind of been going with the flow. Everything changes after each fight, so I’ll see where I am after this fight, and it’s just the options from there. Nothing’s out of the question.”

“Nothing’s out of the question” certainly leaves the question wide open for others to consider should MacDonald dispatch Ellenberger on Saturday night. But whether he’s eventually confronted with fighting his teammate or moving on, MacDonald keeps his workmanlike demeanor through it all.

“Winning a UFC fight, it’s like nothing else,” he said in a recent interview.

“It is just a business and it’s not personal. There are some guys that can’t separate that.”

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  • Jason

    MacDonald is going to kill him. Jake is just going to look like an idiot. I’m sure after the fight he’s gonna say that he was just promoting the fight, and he respected Rory’s abilities a ton, and on that night Rory was the better fighter. Whatever. This WWE style hype is garbage.

    • Ian Price

      You really think he’ll school Jake? I’m leaning the other way. I think Rory will be KO’ed early…

      • Dragon Kid

        He schooled BJ Penn, Nate Diaz and even Confit for two full rounds

        • Maddawgmar

          He beat up two smaller fighters in Diaz and Penn, one if which was way passed his prime. And the Condit fight he won two round but didn’t do more damage. Condit was busy off of his back. But Ellenberger offers a different threat to Rory, he has better wrestling credentials, and heavier hands than anyone else Rory has ever fought.

      • Jason

        Jake will look good early, but start fading at the end of R1. Rory will start doing serious damage in R2 and will either finish the fight in R2/R3 or win a lopsided decision.

    • TW

      Agreed. The “WWE style hype” is just silly. If there is genuine animosity between the fighters based on something real that happened between them, then smack-talk is fine. But when one guy just starts spouting off about an opponent who he doesn’t really know and has no legitimate beef with it’s just dumb and, more importantly, unprofessional. I understand that you can sell fights this way but that doesn’t make it right. I think this is already a great match-up that doesn’t need any false hype. I’m not rooting for either guy but definitely looking forward to seeing this fight.

  • Zztoppppp

    Rory is such a douche. If he ever shut his mouth and let his fighting do the talking, more people would like him. He’s so arrogant, every time he opens his mouth he loses another fan.

    • PhranktheTank

      Ellenberger has been doing nothing but talking trash, rory has said about 2 sentences about the fight. Yet he is the one who needs to shut up?

    • TheCerealKiller

      I like Rory and he will win this fight by devastating KO!

    • DamianCross

      He doesn’t “lose” fans. He knows exactly where they are: they’re stacked up under the abandoned carnival near his house.

    • Connerjames00

      Your an idiot just stop talking you come off arrogant

  • fsunoles10

    add unoriginal to the list of things rory comes across as with the jacking of that rocky line.

  • AXE MURDERER

    Great fight, let em both talk there smack, either fighter can get KTFO in this one! Cant wait!

  • t

    Rory is so slick, i believe he could smash anderson silva right now, even though hes smaller. Rory is a better striker

  • https://www.facebook.com/bestnicknameeverbros Eugenio Croitoru

    Rory by 2nd round KO..

  • DamianCross

    Rory’s quote is entirely accurate, only replace the word “fight” with “chain young women to the furnace”

    • Guest

      That’s a stretch when the fighter in question is clearly homosexual. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Its just a matter of fact. It’s evident to anyone with any kind of “gaydar”.

      • DamianCross

        He’s not having intercourse with them.

        Well unless you count dressing up in a skirt and penetrating them with a machete as intercourse…

  • Mcgiggity

    I’m picking ellenberger on this one.