Welterweight sensation Rory MacDonald made some waves when he called out Carlos Condit after defeating BJ Penn soundly at UFC on Fox 5. He parlayed the win into a rematch with Condit, the man who finished him via TKO in the third round of a bout many thought MacDonald to be winning.
That defeat at UFC 115 was the only time the surging MacDonald has tasted defeat, and apparently it still resonates strong for him. Set to face his nemesis at UFC 158 in Montreal, MacDonald has begun the trash talking war early. Speaking to BJPenn.com, MacDonald put his intentions bluntly:
“My overall MMA game has changed so much and I’ve added so many different techniques that from where I was when I fought him the first time. I’m just a whole other fighter; I don’t fight anything like I did when we first fought."
"I just want to do what he did to me; I want to make him feel the embarrassment I felt in front of his family the same way I felt. I want to hurt him the way he hurt me and I don’t want him ever to forget the time that we’re going to be in there for those 15 minutes. I want him to think about that for the rest of his life.”
It seems that revenge is on MacDonald’s mind in a strong way heading into this bout. Condit himself also has something to prove, as he needs a win here to prevent a slide down the rankings at Welterweight, who many think is the most talented division in the UFC right now. He fought and lost to MacDonald’s training partner Georges St. Pierre in November, and GSP’s knowledge and experience could assist MacDonald here.
This fight may have become quite personal for MacDonald. Condit thought that the call out was a bit strange, but nonetheless, the blockbuster bout is set to take place in Canada. It appears the UFC is set for fireworks early this year. Who do you like in this battle of highly talented Welterweights?