While Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez are two high profile teammates who consistently field “will you fight” questions (Jon Jones and Rashad Evans no longer have to worry about that), Rory MacDonald is getting asked the same thing more regularly about Georges St. Pierre. When MacDonald first broke into the UFC it wasn’t really an issue he had to address, but now that he’s won four straight bouts and is fighting Jake Ellenberger next, the 23 year-old is in reach of GSP and his welterweight belt.
MacDonald was a guest on the latest edition of The MMA Hour, and when asked whether he would fight GSP, the Canadian once again said he wouldn’t fight his friend, before adding:
“We’ll have our own arrangements and figure it all out when the time comes. It’s not going to come to us fighting. Friends, teammates, you know? We’re here to help each other.”
When asked to elaborate, on what exactly he meant by “arrangements”, MacDonald stated:
“We’ll just figure it out. I’m not there yet. I’m more focused on Jake than anything, I’m taking it one step at a time. I’m sure at one point I’ll be champ in this division, that is my goal. I’m not just here to be No. 3 guy or No. 4 or whatever I’m ranked. Eventually I’ll get there.”
Of course, MacDonald will face a very tough challenge when he takes on Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 8 on July 27th, so, first things first. If he wins, and if St. Pierre gets by Johny Hendricks, what then? MacDonald-Condit II? What if MacDonald avenges his only loss?