UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald, who takes to the Octagon at UFC 145 on Saturday night, may only be 22-years old but he has the mentality and move-set of a veteran with twice his fights and a lot more wear-and-tear from time in the gym. MacDonald is a prodigy in every sense of the word, dominating opponents with more experience thanks in large part due to his passion for Mixed Martial Arts and affiliation with Tri-Star MMA in Montreal.
MacDonald spoke about the importance of his time working alongside Firas Zahabi and Georges St. Pierre at the renowned gym, as well as where he feels he stacks up in the division in terms of talent.
“I began training with Tri-Star in August of last year. I trained here part time, but I moved here and began training here from British Columbia about a year and a half ago,” said MacDonald in an interview with Fightline. “Training with Firas has been awesome and all the other coaches have been really beneficial. By training here I have specialized coaches for MMA, boxing, strength and conditioning, wrestling, etc. Another benefit is all the top training partners that come here. It’s a great opportunity to train with GSP and Kenny Florian.”
Other familiar faces at Tri-Star include Mark Bocek and Miguel Torres, both of whom fight this weekend as well. They too share MacDonald’s passion for perfection, though it’s hard to say if either was bitten by the bug at such an early stage in their lives.
“I’ve been training since I was very young and I fell in love with it. From the very beginning I set goals for myself so I am not surprised that I have accomplished all that I have up until this point. One of my main goals has always been to be original and exciting at the same time. I want to win and entertain the fans all at once. I believe I am on the cutting edge of the sport and the future is very bright,” explained the 12-1 MacDonald.
“Ares” will see action against Che Mills in Atlanta at UFC 145. A win would mark MacDonald’s third straight, capping off back-to-back successes against Mike Pyle and Nate Diaz.
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MMATraining Take: I’m still a bit concerned by MacDonald’s borderline over-confidence. I don’t like how he refuses to watch footage of his opponents, though granted I’m not as knowledgeable on the matter as a fighter/trainer. It just seems like studying your adversary is fairly crucial in any athletic endeavor.