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Rory MacDonald Wants to Win UFC 170-Pound Title then Move to Middleweight (UFC 167 Video)

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Rory MacDonald UFC 167 Open WorkoutsRory MacDonald has said time and time again that he will never fight his training partner and mentor Georges St-Pierre. Instead of fighting GSP for the welterweight belt, he’ll take fight after fight. And once GSP retires, MacDonald plans on winning the title, defending it, then moving up a weight class to 185 pounds.

Check out this MMAWeekly.com video of MacDonald explaining his plans.

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  • Micho23

    I just don’t think MacDonald can beat any of the Elite in the 170lb class, let alone the 185lb class. Don’t get me wrong he’s good and is probably going to get better, but I don’t think he’ll ever reac that “ELITE” status.

    • Kenny Powers

      Well he did beat Ellenberger, but yeah i dont think he would take GSP, Hendricks or Condit, but he’s up there

      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        His fight with Ellenberger is nothing but a black mark on his career and a drop in his trajectory. He needs to redeem himself against Lawler. I don’t know if he could beat Condit again. Condit looks like he’s been working on his takedown defense since his loss to Hendricks.

        • JET

          Condit’s been working on his takedown defense for a long time, not just since his loss to Hendricks. He worked on it really heavily for the GSP fight. The bottom line is he is lanky for the division and will always be able to be taken down by high level wrestlers. I’m a huge Condit fan, so I’m not saying that as a hater, just a realist.

          • Hugh Shakeshaft

            Strange how lanky works well at 205 but not at 170. I guess it comes down to GSP being able to implement his game plan.

          • deepgrim

            good point

          • JET

            I see your point. But I think a huge factor there is the 205er in question is a super athlete who can outwrestle wrestlers. For lanky guys that don’t come from a wrestling background like Condit and even Anderson Silva, it means getting taken down by high level wrestlers, despite how much they work on their TD defense.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      Still a lot of unknowns with Rory. Big Rig bypassed him and rightly so. Everybody keps wanting to call him the next generation of MMA and that’s getting old. JBJ is only two years older than Rory and look what he’s done. Rory is taking forever to move up the 170 rankings. I get the feeling he’s being coddled.

    • Cereal Killer

      You need to explain what “elite” means in your delusional world, because he’s already beat some elite fighters.

      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        Give Rory another shot at Condit.

  • bro

    He already fought condit and was winning but got caught i think he would destroy condit and hendricks easy

  • bajafox

    I would love for him to move to middleweight and get smashed up by those guys

  • Stepone

    GSP will move to middleweight, no need for team mates to fight this time