Rory MacDonald Says He Looks Up to BJ Penn
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.09.2012
Even if he did just beat the man...
Rory MacDonald recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his win over B.J. Penn at UFC on FOX 5 and more. Check out the highlights:
On remembering Carlos Condit's come-from behind win over him in June, 2010: "I was just laying there getting beaten on. My face looked like I was the guy from 'The Goonies' after. I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed about my performance and how I held myself. It did a lot of damage, and I don't think I've been the same person since. I want to get that back."
On looking up to BP Penn: "B.J. was one of my heroes growing up – when I was a teenager growing up in the sport. But I can't carry that mindset into a fight with somebody, if you know what I mean. When I look across the octagon against somebody, it's just another body to me. Legend or not, I'm going in there to hurt him. That was the mindset I was carrying into this."
On not going for the kill in the fight: "I was (looking for the finish). It's just that I was being precise about it. I was picking my shots and being calm about the situation. B.J. is a dangerous guy, so it would be kind of a mistake if I just jumped on him with everything I had and then got clipped with a shot. I was picking my shots, being technical. If the knockout came, it came, but it didn't."
On a potential fight with George St-Pierre: "I don't know; I'm not there yet. 'll cross that bridge when I get there, but I don't feel that I need to fight Georges. I don't think it's going to happen. It won't happen. Me and him are friends. He's done a lot for me, and I'm very grateful for it. I'm not going to stab him in the back, and I don't want to wreck my opportunity training at Tri-star. They've done a lot of things for me."