Rory MacDonald ready to stand in line to face Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz won’t have to worry about seeking out an opponent when he comes back in February because there’s a slew of fighters already lining up. With Josh Koscheck and even champion Georges St-Pierre wanting a piece of Diaz, Rory MacDonald says that he’s open to taking on the Cesar Gracie fighter.

“I’d love to fight him,” MacDonald said about the possibility of facing Diaz according to MMA Weekly. But this has nothing to do with shutting Diaz up or the rift between teammate GSP and Diaz. All MacDonald wants is the best challenge out there. “(He comes back ) in February, and I might be ready to fight in like March or something like that. He might be my next fight after B.J., you never know how it works.”

If March sounds soon for a fighter to get back into the cage, MacDonald figures that being busy is a lot better than watching.

“I just want to fight more often,” he said on a recent conference call. “Like quality or whatever, I don’t care. You know, after this fight with BJ, I’m pretty much ready to fight in March or take a short notice fight.”

MacDonald insists that he’s focused on the task in front of him in B.J. Penn this weekend and cannot really consider any possible fights until afterwards. Either way, the fact remains that everyone wants a piece of Nick Diaz once he returns to the UFC.


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    December 2, 2012 at 6:23 am

    This is going to be an awsome fight but I don't think NIck will be too keen on this one. I think for now it's best that Nick and Johny match up for a no 1 contender shot. Rory should probably move up in weight class if he does not want to fight GSP.

    To be honest I don't think Rory is doing himself a favour by staying in the current weight class and not fighting for the title. Fighters don't have a very long career and Rory isn't getting any younger.

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      December 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

      What has Diaz done in the UFC to warrant a #1 contender fight given he is coming off a loss? He gotta earn it. Condit outclassed him, GSP would destroy him.

      Let him see if he can handle MacDonald. Chances are he will get owned again unless he seriously looks at game planning and not using his eternally unmodified style.

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        December 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        You're right. Diaz has not done much to earn the no 1 contender fight. However, the fans would like Diaz to fight GSP as this is going to be another huge grudge match. I would absolutely love to see this match as I know that Diaz will get his due.

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    December 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    "Rory isn't getting any younger."

    Fighters do tend to have short careers when it comes MMA, but Rory is only 23.

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    Brian Cox

    December 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I hope Rory isn't looking past Penn.

    In terms of Diaz, I think Rory would beat the crap out of him, the same way he beat the crap out of Nate. My thought on the Diaz brothers is that they are very entertaining fighters and The UFC could use more fighters like them (for both, their performances in and out of The Octagon). And regardless of Rory, I think Nick is going to run into real trouble the moment he comes head-to-head with the power wrestlers in the 170 weight class. I think he's going to have a hard time with the likes of Hendricks, Elenberger, Koscheck, Fitch etc. …oh, yeah, and The Champ. He's also a pretty good wrestler. He might not have ton of power, but he's got an ugly jab, a nasty Superman punch and the best take-down average in The UFC. Good luck with that if all you can do is come forward and pepper people.

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