Well, that fight sucked. There’s no better way to say it, I’m afraid. But it was fairly obvious to see that when Rory MacDonald fights better talent, he doesn’t really have that killer instinct or want to finish the fight and put him in range of danger.
Call it the Tristar gene.
Dana White wasn’t happy about Rory’s fight either. This is what he said at the post-fight scrum.
“Ellenberger did nothing. Ellenberger did nothing and he’s told you, you don’t belong in the top 10. (MacDonald) went out and bullied B.J. (Penn) because he knew he could. He didn’t try to bully Ellenberger. Don’t come in and say ‘oh my fight was great, it was technical and this and that and I belong in the top 10,’ and talk all this s*** and don’t go in there and try to perform,” White said when speaking to reporters after UFC on Fox 8 ended. “I don’t think he did anything. He threw a few jabs and some front kicks.”
“That kid’s in a tough enough position as it is—he lives in Georges St-Pierre’s house, he trains in Georges St-Pierre’s hometown, and everything’s Georges St-Pierre this and Georges St-Pierre that, and the kid has to walk around and say he doesn’t want to fight Georges St-Pierre,” White said about MacDonald.
“We all f***ing know he wants to fight Georges St-Pierre, but why would he go out beating his chest that he wants to fight Georges St-Pierre when that fight isn’t even close to happening yet,” White continued.
“Tonight was a night, an important night, that everybody was excited for. Yes, I understand sometimes you know you’re fighting somebody dangerous, but f***ing Ellenberger just sat there. Ellenberger sat two feet away from me and said ‘that wasn’t me tonight, I wasn’t myself.’ So if you’re Rory and you’re that f***ing good and you’re that talented, then you impose your will on him and you show the rest of the world not only do I belong in the top five, I should be fighting Georges St-Pierre.”