Rory MacDonald: I don’t fight for the fans, I fight for myself
After his dominant decision victory over BJ Penn at UFC on Fox 5, Welterweight contender Rory MacDonald drew a lot of heat for his behavior in the Octagon. Many thought that his antics, such as his feet-shuffling and hands dropping, were amateurish and cocky. Apparently, he simply does not care what the fans think, stating the following to MMAWeekly.com:
“It doesn’t matter, I don’t fight for them. People can love me or hate me, I fight for myself and because I love it. It is what it is. I don’t care, as long as I fight well and I think I did. If they don’t like me, I can’t do anything about it. I’m just going to be me.”
Quite the polarizing words from the surging fighter, who issued a challenge to the only man to ever defeat him, Carlos Condit. MacDonald appeared to have that fight won until Condit pulled out the unlikely TKO victory late in the fight. Regardless, it appears that MacDonald does not care about being disrespectful to anyone if he will do it to a former champion and legend like Penn. The boos he garnered are just part of the game for him, and he is fighting for himself only.
There may be a new public enemy number one out there in the UFC Welterweight division, and not surprisingly, a man used to that role immediately spoke up on Twitter to issue a challenge:
Maybe Roy should fight me??? I Doubt the UFC would want to see him get his ass kicked.
— Josh Koscheck (@JoshKoscheck) December 9, 2012
Would Josh Koscheck be a good opponent for MacDonald, or would he be just another stop on his hype train? Kos is stuck in that gatekeeper status right now, but is probably still more relevant than BJ Penn was at this time. Condit appears to be a good match right now, but we’ll see. Either way, MacDonald is gaining the ire of fans everywhere in a quick way.