Rory MacDonald hit the mats Thursday to show off his skills in front of the MMA media. Unfortunately for the skyrocketing youngster, the press practically paid him no attention as they immediately swarmed around his teammate.
While Georges St-Pierre (Pictured) attended Wednesday’s UFC 145 workouts in support of his protégé, it was clear only one welterweight mattered during MacDonald’s 30-minute exhibition. The reigning champ was bombarded with questions regarding his injured knee, as well as a potential showdown against his up-and-coming training partner.
GSP answered confidently regarding both topics; That he’ll be back and badder than ever before the year’s out, and that his battles with MacDonald will never go beyond the Tristar gym in Montreal.
“I’m not interested in fighting him,” St-Pierre said of a future scrap with the 22-year-old. “There are a lot of welterweights, I don’t think we need to do it now. In two years, who knows? I may go to middleweight. Who knows what’s going to happen?”
Hold up, “Rush.” You’re currently slated to unify the 170-pound crown against interim champion Carlos Condit once you return from injury. Didn’t you used to train together at Greg Jackson’s camp?
St-Pierre acknowledged he and Condit were both under Jackson’s watch, but they were rarely in the gym at the same time. MacDonald, on the other hand, is a training partner, and more importantly, a true confidant.
“I have a hard time fighting guys I like,” St-Pierre professed. “When I fought Jake Shields [at UFC 129], I had a hard time fighting him. So fighting a friend, I can’t do it. Right now, there are so many guys [out there to face], it’s not an issue.
“But I know one day [MacDonald] is going to be world champion.”
St-Pierre will be in MacDonald’s corner this Saturday when he faces Che Mills at UFC 145. Ironically, the show is headlined by a battle between former teammates Jon Jones and Rashad Evans. Not too many moons ago, the now-bitter rivals also swore they would never fight each other.