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Rory MacDonald: “Not only do I know I’m gonna win but I’ll probably end up killing him in the process.”

It appears Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald share more in common than a love of locking horns inside the ring and status as two of the sport’s brightest young stars. Like Rousey, MacDonald recently addressed an adversary and toed the line of acceptable trash-talk if not crossed it completely.

The 23-year old MacDonald’s misstep came after being asked about comments B.J. Penn made this past week referring to his reason for withdrawing from a scheduled scrap on September 22 at UFC 152. In Penn’s eyes, “Ares” used a cut he sustained in training as an excuse to avoid a likely loss in front of his hometown fans.

The assertion clearly didn’t sit well with MacDonald, as he made clear in an interview with SportsNet where he said, “That’s just a bunch of bullsh*t, cause not only do I know I’m gonna win but I’ll probably end up killing him in the process.”

Talk about death is understandably considered extremely taboo in a sport where life and death stakes are literally at play.

Prompted to elaborate on his emotional state, MacDonald attempted to remain calm while explaining how excited he was about fighting Penn in Toronto.

“I’m so disappointed I didn’t get to fight on September 22. Not only cause it was in Canada, but everything was going perfect – my mental side of things, my physical abilities. Everything was on point. I never felt so good,” MacDonald stated.

“He can’t rile me up. I just think he’s a joker. He’s trying to get attention…he can do what he wants. I just want him to accept the fight for December,” he concluded on the matter, also revealing Penn still hadn’t signed on the dotted line for a meeting at UFC on FOX 5 as reported.


  • Big Stank says:

    Will someone please shut this cocky assholes mouth. I don’t know if BJ is the one to do it but someone needs to smash him back into reality.

  • Screenplaya says:

    As a Canadian, I am contractually obligated to support MacDonald, but this BS about killing other fighters has to stop immediately. He and Rousey should both be fined for their comments, and forced to apologize, at least to the fans.

  • MCM says:

    Didn’t B.J. tell GSP “I’m going to try to Kill you, but it’s nothing personal.”? Where was all the outrage then?

  • BiG BaD BuLL says:

    MCM- what BJ said was “to the death”, but I absolutely agree with you. In the grand scheme of things, I really don’t think that this is a huge deal.

  • Niv says:

    I think it’s poor form, but I’ve heard this kind of stuff from BJ as well and other fighters.

    I think MacDonald is showing his age here more than anything, he felt insulted and spouted off. I’m sure his camp has already spoken to him about it as he trains with one of the classiest fighters ever in GSP, let’s not get carried away here.

    Regardless I expect BJ to get his ass handed to him and MacDonald will be one step closer to making a move for a title at either WW or MW if GSP stays put.


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