Rory MacDonald Says He Wants Rematch With Carlos Condit “More Than a Title Fight”
By FCF Staff
As rising welterweight Rory MacDonald continues to prepare for his upcoming April 21st bout with veteran Che Mills, the 22 year-old-fighter has revealed that working for a rematch with Carlos Condit is providing much of his motivation. MacDonald has been blogging for the Canadian network Sportsnet heading into his UFC 145 bout with Mills, and made the following comments in his latest post.
“Given our history, I can’t see anything beyond a Condit rematch at this point in time. I want that fight more than a title fight right now. Maybe one day it could even be for the full welterweight title, but, as of today, I’m just focusing on beating Mills on April 21st and then getting to Condit as soon as possible.”
MacDonald and Condit met at UFC 115 in June, 2010, and although the Canadian controlled much of the action early on and was winning the fight, Condit came back to stop the welterweight in the third round.
The fight was MacDonald’s second UFC appearance and marked the only time he has been defeated. Since then MacDonald (12-1) has gone on to score wins over Mike Pyle and Nate Diaz.
The Tristar fighter and teammate of Georges St. Pierre acknowledged in his blog that the current champion is likely next in line to face Condit, who defeated Nick Diaz in February to become interim champion.
St. Pierre is expected to return from knee surgery later this year.
Mills (14-4) is heading into his bout with MacDonald having won five straight fights. In November, the British welterweight and former TUF competitor made his official Octagon debut and stopped Chris Cope in 40 seconds.
MacDonald credited Mills in the post, stating “I know exactly how dangerous” he is, before adding “I’m not looking past Che–I’m just confident, that’s all.”
UFC 145 will be hosted by Atlanta’s Phillips Arena and will feature a light-heavyweight bout between champion Jon Jones and former champ Rashad Evans.