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07-23-2012, 08:22 AM
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| | TriStar coach: GSP vs MacDonald won't happen
TriStar coach: GSP vs MacDonald won't happen
TriStar coach: GSP vs MacDonald won't happen - Fighters Only
MacDonald is 22 years old and of prodigious ability. He has been pegged as a future contender by many fans and pundits - but will he fight St. Pierre if it comes to it? He says not; UFC president Dana White says he will, especially if he learns just how much money St. Pierre is making as champion. |
Firas Zahabi, head coach at TriStar, disagrees. Speaking to Fighters Only recently, he said that there is more to a team relationship than money and he doesn’t think MacDonald would take a fight with St. Pierre.
“No [Dana’s] not right about that. The thing us, sometimes there are more important things than money. We have bills to pay like everybody else but we aren’t going to trample each other to do that. We have grown up together, we’ve spent years together, hours and hours training and living together. We aren’t going to let that get betweens us,” he said.
“GSP probably makes more money than any other fighter out there and yeah Rory wants to get there but we are not going to do it by sabotaging each other. I Rory has a chance to get there and I think GSP will actually help him get there by opening up doors for him.
“Don’t forget when Rory was too broke to rent a hotel room to train at TriStar, he was living with GSP - GSP took him in. And so its kind of hard to turn out on someone like that… when you are working together as a team the strength of the team is beneficial to you. The sparring partners, the coaching, the range of fighters to prepare with that can mimic your opponent - so many resources to prepare for your bouts.”
At present the point is moot anyway; MacDonald (13-1) is not at the upper end of the welterweight rankings yet and, having lost to Carlos Condit three fights ago, is probably a few fights away from a shot at the belt. However, he does have a fight with former champion BJ Penn at UFC 152 and if he earned a solid finish there, he would fast-track himself up the list and add new intensity to the teammate vs. teammate argument.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
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