Rory MacDonald Says He Feels Less Pressure Now that GSP Is Taking Time Off
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.17.2014
There's no concern of having to fight his teammate...
Rory MacDonald recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Demian Maia at UFC 170 and more. Check out the highlights:
On not overthinking the fight: "I'm going to go out there and express myself through my martial arts. I'm going to go look for the finish, like I usually do."
On GSP's time off: "Yeah, it's definitely pressure off my shoulders. I can go in there and do my thing without having to worry about if I win, what am I going to have to do."
On the speculation before UFC 167 that he may end up in a position to fight GSP: "I didn't try to make it a big deal. I just figured it would work out. But I think at the end of the day, when it came to me and him fighting on the same card, I was the No. 1 contender fighting Robbie, so there was pressure if we both won, what I would do there. Maybe that played a role in things, too, but it's nice not to have to think about that now...Now that the door is kind of open for the title now, I can just go back to being myself and taking one fight at a time, and taking that title away."
On his plans for the fight: "I think what I'm going to try to do is, I want to put my game on to [Maia] as best as possible. I want to stay in my realm and not stress about getting into his realm. I'm just going out there, I'm going to pull the trigger, and I'm going to be myself out there. We'll see what happens."