Rory MacDonald is never going to be Georges St-Pierre, and anyone expecting him to be will end up being disappointed.
Where St-Pierre was charismatic, MacDonald is shy. Where St-Pierre always seemed up for playing the media game, MacDonald seems to view his obligations with the press as part of the price he has to pay to be allowed in the octagon.
But on the other hand, Saturday night’s performance at UFC 174 in Vancouver showed that MacDonald may just be ready to give fans the electrifying in-ring performances that sometimes eluded St-Pierre in his last couple years of fighting.
That’s something that may push the 24-year-old B.C. native to the top of the Canadian MMA mountaintop that his training partner left behind when he walked away from the sport.