Rory MacDonald wants more action: If I'm healthy, I can fight at the drop of a pin
"I like to fight and I want to make it a point next year to take fights on shorter notice," he said. "It just works better for me and my mind set. I feel like lately Iíve been trying to do what everyone else does, and Iím not everybody else. Some people need eight weeks to get ready for a fight and I really donít think I do because of the way I look at my skills. I just need to be healthy. As long as Iím healthy I can fight at the drop of a pin. If you tell me, 'Rory, go fight that guy,' Iíll go do it. I donít need that time. I just need to be healthy.""There's so much to expand on in those times. If you have sit back and say you canít do this and you canít do that, youíre really taking a negative approach. I was doing that for a little while, but after that I jumped back on the horse. This is a time when I can show strength and stay focused and grow as a martial artist. I carried that with me until now and I think Iíve really improved a lot actually since the injury. So I think Iím going to improve even better in my next fight because of it."Just weeks earlier, Penn had rejected a challenge from Josh Koscheck, saying he wasn't returning to fight anytime soon. So it came as a surprise when Penn said that yes, he would be willing to face MacDonald, partly out his desire to avenge his UFC 94 defeat at the hands of Georges St-Pierre, a camp-mate of MacDonald's at Montreal's Tri-Star Gym.
If that seemed an odd rationalization for accepting the fight, it didn't bother MacDonald.
"I think heís a strange individual in that sense, yeah, because I really don't think anyone at Tri-Star gives a second thought to him," he said. "But whatever he needs to get in there to fight me, I donít care. Iím there to fight him because heís a body, and Iím excited to fight him. Heís a good fighter, and I think itíll be a good opportunity for me. He, on the other hand, I guess needs to prove a point to himself, and if thatís what he needs, thatís what he needs.""I would fight anybody whoís on testosterone or whatever," he said. "It does not bother me at all.""Everybodyís looking for an edge in athletics, and if people would just realize the biggest edge is up here," he says, pointing to his head, "they could show their best side. Thatís all I need. Yeah protein helps, but at the end of the day if youíre a fighter and ready to fight at this very second, itís all up here. And if you feel you need testosterone to make you better, youíre not going to be as good. I really donít think in such a high skill level sport, that strength is going to be the biggest issue. if you rely on strength in the sport, youíre going to be weeded out. Thereís going to be someone thatís more technical than you or stronger than you. So in this sport I really feel itís better to have more skills than strength. If you can have both, great. But you donít need to do that stuff. Itís unhealthy, itís stupid."Rory MacDonald wants more action: If I'm healthy, I can fight at the drop of a pin - MMA Fighting"As a fighter you have to remember that weíre just dogs in this sport. Weíre not businessmen in my outlook," he said. "A lot of people view us now as businessmen. I disagree with that. Maybe in my outside life if I have other investments, thatís my business life, but this is fighting. Iíll always look at it like Iím a dog. I think if I stop looking at it like I do, I might not have the kind of success I do. Iím going to continue to be myself. Success and all that stuff will come. At the end of the day, Iím a fighter. If I stop acting or thinking like one, I might stop being a fighter and start being a businessman."