MacDonald eyes rematch with Condit
By NEIL SPRINGER, Special to the QMI AGENCY
|Rory (Ares) MacDonald hopes to end the year with a victory over B.J. (The Prodigy) Penn and secure a rematch with Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit. (QMI AGENCY)
If Rory (Ares) MacDonald gets his way, he will end the year with a victory over B.J. (The Prodigy) Penn and secure a rematch with Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit.
“I plan on hopefully getting my rematch against Carlos in 2013,” MacDonald said while in Montreal for UFC 154.
“(My toughest fight) was definitely against Carlos. He beat the s--- out of me. I’m waiting for (my rematch).”
The B.C. native was getting the better of Condit throughout the first two rounds of their scrap at UFC 115 in Vancouver on June 12, 2010. However, the former UFC interim welterweight champ turned the tables in the third, putting MacDonald away with punches with only seven seconds left on the clock.
MacDonald said he let emotions get the better of him that night.
“That was one of the nights where I was shocked,” MacDonald began. “I had one fight in the UFC before that. It was an undercard and there wasn’t much attention on it. There weren’t many people in the audience. Then my second fight was against Carlos Condit — the ex-WEC champ — in my semi-hometown of Vancouver, in front of a sold-out crowd and people were going insane. I’d never heard that level of noise in a building before — for me, especially.
“I was super-shocked and it just got me fired up to a point where it was bad. If you watch that fight, you can see the intensity that I was bringing. I don’t think that’s my style and I paid for it.”
Since Condit just came up short in bid to dethrone welterweight titleholder Georges St. Pierre on Saturday, MacDonald feels the time is right for him to avenge the sole loss of his career. But before he can starting thinking about a rematch, he has to get past Penn at UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle on Dec. 8.
“I’m just going to take things one step at a time,” MacDonald said. “I’m fighting B.J. and plan on beating him.
“He’s obviously very good on the ground and he’s a good striker. You have to be competent in all areas in mixed martial arts — and I am. I feel like I’m a better striker, better wrestler and better on the ground as far as MMA jiu jitsu (is concerned).
“I do feel that in a mixed-martial-arts fight, I’m a little more well-rounded than he is.”
Though Penn has risen to the top of both the lightweight and welterweight divisions, he has been criticized in the past for not always training to his full potential. That doesn’t seem to be the case ahead of his bout with MacDonald. UFC vice president of community relations Reed Harris recently stated Penn is ripped and sporting a six-pack.
MacDonald said he doesn’t care what kind of shape Penn shows up in.
“I don’t really care; I just need a body in front of me to tell you the truth,” MacDonald said. “It doesn’t matter if he’s in shape or not. It’s going to be best for (the fans) if he’s in shape because it will probably be a better fight.”
While MacDonald will aim to keep a clear head when he faces Penn, he has already had to deal with the Hawaiian’s challenge to join him in signing up with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. In the lead up to the bout, the two are subject to Olympic-style drug testing.
MacDonald said he feels Penn’s insistence on VADA screening is simply a stunt to garner attention.
“He’s got a lot of excuses, that guy,” MacDonald said. “He likes to start s---, he likes to get people excited. I don’’t really think about it too much, to tell you the truth.
“He asked me to do the VADA random testing — the blood tests and all that stuff — and I accepted it. I think I’ve done it twice now. My first results have come in and obviously I was negative. Whatever, I’ll prove it to him that I’m a clean fighter.
“At the end of the day, he can say whatever he wants to say and get people excited, but I’m still going to beat his a--.”
HENDO TO FIGHT THE DRAGON
Dan (Hendo) Henderson will meet Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida at UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif. on Feb. 23.
The two had been rumoured to face earlier that month at UFC 156 in Las Vegas, but have since verbally agreed to a bout in the Honda Centre.
Though no other fights have been announced for the event, UFC president Dana White told MMA Fighting that Henderson and Machida will not fill the main-event spot.
Henderson hasn’t competed since winning a thrilling unanimous decision over Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 one year ago. The bout is widely considered among the best in UFC history.
He was set to challenge light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 151 in Vegas on Sept. 1, but was forced off the card due to a partially-torn MCL. Jones then turned down a late-replacement fight against Chael Sonnen, causing the UFC to cancel the show all together.
Machida’s last outing saw him pick up a second-round KO victory over Ryan Bader in August.
Rich (No Love) Clementi has decided to hang them up.
Following a second-round submission loss to Marcin Held at Bellator 81 on Friday, the 36-year-old veteran has decided to call it a career.
Clementi told MMA Junkie a pair of knee injuries swayed his decision to retire.
“(I wasn’t thinking retirement) at all,” Clementi said. “I would never quit this sport on a loss. It goes against everything I believe in. I actually wanted to come back after my surgery for one more fight till I found out my ACL has been damaged on my other leg, as well. I just feel the shape my body’s in, I would be doing myself an injustice as an athlete and a competitor to continue.”
Clementi walks away from the sport with a 45-22-1 record. He holds victories over Terry Etim, Sam Stout, Melvin Guillard and Anthony Johnson.