Rory MacDonald Would Fight Georges St-Pierre, and St-Pierre Knows It Says Dana White

July 27, 2013
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Georges St-Pierre at UFC 79There’s no questioning that Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger are two of the top welterweight fighters in the world. They’re also the top two UFC 170-pounders that haven’t fought or aren’t scheduled to fight for the championship belt currently wrapped around the waist of Georges St-Pierre.

That could change following their fight at UFC on Fox 8 on Saturday night.

Nearly everyone is pointing to the fight as a de facto No. 1 contender elimination bout, including UFC president Dana White.

“I would have to say that the guy who wins this fight is definitely in line for the next shot,” White told Inside MMA’s Ron Kruck on Friday.

He fell short of guaranteeing a title shot to the winner, but certainly would consider the winner as one of the top options when it comes to fighter “in the mix.”

MacDonald, however, is a training partner of St-Pierre’s and has often said that he doesn’t want to fight his friend and mentor, and would even consider moving to another weight class if it came down to it.

White isn’t sold that MacDonald and St-Pierre wouldn’t fight each other if it were for all the marbles.

“(MacDonald) basically lives in Georges St-Pierre’s house, meaning he trains there in his training facility. He lives in Montreal, Canada. Georges St-Pierre says nothing but good things about this guy. What’s he going to do? Is he going to run out in front of the whole world and beat his chest and say, ‘I want Georges St-Pierre’s title, and I’m going to take it from him’ and all this stuff? No, he’s not,” White explained.

“But if you don’t think that he wants to fight Georges St-Pierre, if you don’t think he wants a shot at that 170-pound title, and if you don’t think he wants to be the world champion and make the kind of money that Georges St-Pierre makes, you’re crazy, my friend.”

St-Pierre has been one of the most dominant champions in UFC history. Along with that come huge paydays, major mainstream endorsement deals, movie roles, and many other opportunities not usually afforded a similarly skilled fighter that has yet to wear the gold around his waist.

No fighter, as a top contender, can attain that level of success. You have to become a champion and stake your claim as the best among the best.

Rory MacDonald is the type of fighter that wants and expects to do nothing less than reach such a lofty perch.

At the end of the day, that, says White, is what will make the difference when it comes time for MacDonald and St-Pierre to talk in realistic terms – not what-if terms – about stepping in the Octagon opposite each other.

“When you get there, I guarantee you it will be a different conversation,” White said. “And I also guarantee you that in no way, shape or form does Georges St-Pierre think that Rory MacDonald does not want to fight him.”

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  • Manuel Lopez

    I’m not so sure. Dana loves to tell us what fighters really think and feel. But it’s not always about the money. Money and fame goes away, while a long friendship remains forever and it’s way more valuable. Who knows. Dana sure doesn’t, even though he swears he does.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Why don’t we talk about this tomorrow. Ellenberger is no joke. Rory might not get the chance to fight GSP.

    I think Rory will win.

    • Ian Price

      Well, I think you’re right. And even the ones who don’t, still don’t give this fight to Rory as a gimmie. The worst odds I have seen are 2:1 for Rory. I personally think it’s a pretty even fight. We will see….

  • Denny Swain

    Dana, there is more important things than money and fame

  • Wolf Ticket

    Well, Rory said in an interview with Helwani yesterday (or 2 days ago), that he would NOT FIGHT gsp.

    Dana also said gsp wanted to fight Silva before he got injured.

  • Kris-tyahn

    Rory will be champ and quite possible a two division Champ. He’s only 23 or 24 yrs old, and chances are Rory will be a better fighter than GSP, but he’s a couple yrs away from that!!! Not sure Rory would risk everything he has right now, for a title fight, that he’ll get eventually!

    • bajafox

      There’s no point in being champ if you can’t sell pay per views.

  • DamianCross

    I love how you guys keep insisting that an obvious sociopath has things like “feelings” and “friends”.

  • The Best Eva

    This would probably be a snoozer but what can you do.

    • bajafox

      I would record it and watch it right before bed every night. Might cure my insomnia

  • james j

    This would be a boring fight. I would rather watch Machida circle an opponent again for 3 rounds.