UFC President Dana White tapped Robbie Lawler to push Rory MacDonald at UFC 167, and the resurgent welterweight did just that by earning a split decision win. Now, not only has MacDonald outlined why his recent performances have been subpar, he’s admitted he “needed to lose”.

MacDonald appeared on the latest edition of The MMA Hour Monday, and while discussing what led to his November 16th loss to Lawler, “Ares”  relayed (comments via MMA Fighting.com):

“I think it’s a collection of things, it’s been leading up to (this). I think it’s just my mental state, the way I’ve been thinking leading up to fights. I’ve been more interested in after the fight, rather than getting into the fight.

“My fights before,” the 24 year-old added “the most exciting point for me was actually getting into the fight. I was hungry. I wanted to destroy my opponents, and I was hungry. I had that fire in me to fight. I think it shows in both of my performances this year, that I didn’t have that fire.”

“I needed to lose. I needed to get into a hard fight. I’m very motivated, more than ever now.”

If you’re wondering, MacDonald has gone 6-2 to date in the UFC, and three of his victories have come via submission or stoppage. Prior to facing Ellenberger, and scoring a UD win, MacDonald earned a one sided decision victory over BJ Penn.

MacDonald also revealed in the interview that he’s already requested a new opponent, and that the UFC is on board. The Tristar fighter wouldn’t disclose any details in terms of a date etc, but he noted that it’s a “motivating” fight. Sounds interesting no?