UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald has been the subject of criticism over the past few days based on his tentative approach to taking on Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 8. Though MacDonald had finished the bulk of his bouts entering the affair, he elected to counter-strike with Ellenberger rather than engage on his own and risk eating a sequence of stiff shots, earning a yawn-inducing decision win as a result.

While plenty of people had a problem with MacDonald’s performance, 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre had the opposite opinion.

“He shouldn’t care about the critics. You don’t brawl with a brawler,” said St-Pierre in an interview with The Canadian Press. “It was up to Ellenberger to open up and take more risk because he was losing and he didn’t. Rory fought a great fight.”

In fairness, St-Pierre is also a friend, training partner, and mentor to the 24-year old MacDonald. He too has been targeted in the past by detractors for approaching opponents with similar caution and equally excellent results.