No one remembers win/loss records, but a good fight can go down in history.
That's why mixed-martial artist Cory MacDonald doesn't see losing as the worst thing that could happen to him tomorrow night in Heat XC 3: Ruthless.
The Kingston, Ont., welterweight is putting his 9-2 record in the main event against Vancouver's Thiago Goncalves, who is on an 11-match winning streak after dropping the first two matches of his career.
"I know Thiago's a black belt in jujitsu," MacDonald said yesterday at the River Cree Resort and Casino, which will host the fight card. "My jujitsu, I've been doing it for like 10 years or so, I'm not too worried about going to the ground with him.
"I know he's a big guy, but I'm also a big guy for 170," said MacDonald, who stands an inch taller than his five-foot-11 opponent.
"I think strength-wise I'll be good. I think my standup will be better. It's a big ring, too. More than anything I don't want it to be a boring fight. Nothing's worse than a boring fight."
The 31-year-old MacDonald, who trains out of Gladiators MMA in Kingston, Ont., is coming off a majority decision over Matt MacGrath last September in an Extreme Cage Combat main event last September in Halifax.
"He's the best 170-pounder right now in Canada that's not in the UFC," said Maximum Fighting Championship president Mark Pavelich, whose son, Dave, runs Heat XC as its developmental feeder. "There's nobody better than him."
MacDonald and Goncalves were both originally signed to the MFC.
"They're so good that either one of them could fight for the MFC title right now," said Pavelich. "But instead, I made them fight in Heat XC and then the winner of this fight will fight John Alessio in MFC."
But to advance your career, you have to do more than win.
"It's a two-part thing: If you win a boring fight, people forget about you and don't necessarily want to see you again. You get that Matt Lindland thing going on where nobody cares when you're fighting," said MacDonald, who will make his Alberta debut tomorrow. "Vandale Silva's lost his last four, but you're telling me you're not going to line up to watch his next fight? Really, it's a delicate balance between winning and putting on a good show. You just can't go through winning boring fights because they won't want you to be the champion. They won't want you to have the big fights.
"It tends to make you push a little more at this level," said MacDonald. "I would prefer the fight they talked about for a month that I lost over the fight that they forget about tomorrow that I won."
Not every fighter shares the sentiment, and not everyone can follow it.
"It's not so much how you train for it, it's your mentality going into it. You just go in there and you just fight," said MacDonald.
Besides, it doesn't make recuperation after the fight any easier by holding anything back.
"You're sore regardless so you may as well put it on the line," MacDonald said. "If you don't put it on the line, you're not going to get the bigger money, you're not going to get the fans, you're not going to get the following."