Rory MacDonald’s (pictured) bandwagon has sure emptied out quickly. Just three fights ago, the fast-rising UFC welterweight throttled former two-division champ BJ Penn, leading everyone in the MMA world to believe he was the heir apparent to Georges St-Pierre’s throne.
He then followed up the biggest win of his young career with a lackluster unanimous decision victory over Jake Ellenberger and lost to Robbie Lawler this past Saturday in another poor showing. In MacDonald’s last two outings, he seems hesitant and reluctant to pull the trigger.
The 24-year-old is certainly not coming out like he’s trying to prove that he deserves all the hoopla that has come his way.
After bashing MacDonald in his less than thrilling performance against Ellenberger, UFC president Dana White remains just as baffled as the rest of us when it comes to “Ares.”
“I can’t tell if he doesn’t let it go or he’s just not that well rounded,” White said of MacDonald’s game. “He’s just very one-dimensional. He has this style of nullifying a fight. He has a style of just making the action stop. I think that a lot of guys, he bugs them out and gets in their head when he starts doing that and they feel like they can’t land and it ends up being this staring competition.
“All the way leading up to this fight, I kept saying this is the perfect fight for MacDonald because we’re gonna find out what he’s really got in this fight because Robbie Lawler is going to take it to him. Robbie Lawler has this style of wrestling and hands and the power to hurt you that you’re going to have to fight completely different than you have been.”
With an impressive 15-2 professional record, MacDonald is still considered one of the best youngsters on the UFC’s roster. However, something clearly needs to change.
One of the hottest topics entering UFC 167 was how long it would be before MacDonald leaves Tristar Gym to challenge teammate St-Pierre for his hardware. White predicted that a win over Lawler would solidify MacDonald’s exit from the talented team.
Well, we can now officially kill all that chatter.