It seems despite being touted as one of the best prospects in MMA today, Rory MacDonald (11-1) is having trouble letting go of the one defeat on his record. At UFC 115, MacDonald found himself two rounds up against Condit, but when the third round kicked off, Condit came out and absolutely destroyed MacDonald, marking up his face and forcing the ref to stop the fight just 7 seconds before the end of the fight. Speaking to Sportsnet.ca, 21-year-old MacDonald stated:
“I still want my revenge against Carlos, though, because I truly believe I am a better fighter than him. I made a mistake in our fight and he capitalized. It happens to fighters on a weekly basis, and I wasn’t the first or last to find myself in that position. Credit to Carlos, as he took the opportunity and won the fight. He has since gone from strength to strength and is now probably the hottest welterweight in the world. He has looked awesome lately and has been knocking guys out left, right and centre. Carlos has strung together a brilliant win streak and will next be fighting BJ Penn in October. I’m really pleased that he has been given a big fight like that and, should he beat BJ, I’ve no doubt he will get the next shot at the UFC title against Canadian Georges St-Pierre. He deserves it. Still, I believe I am one of the best fighters in the world, and I’ll go about proving that in the next couple of years. Regardless of how Carlos does against BJ, I have him in my sights and I’m hoping for a shot against him very soon. I need that rematch and I want revenge. I don’t know when it will happen, but that’s the next big milestone for me in my career”
Rory MacDonald is set to trade blows with Mike Pyle at UFC 133, a win against Pyle is likely to earn the young sensation a top 10 ranked opponent. Carlos Condit will face the legendary BJ Penn at UFC 137 in October.