Hello MMA fans and fighters; it has been too long since I last wrote. It is so good to be back to writing about the sport I love. Today's topic of discussion is about UFC Welterweight Rory "Ares" MacDonald.
Last night at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Ga., Philips Arena witnessed MacDonald displaying a very impressive performance. He completely dominated former Cage Rage Welterweight Champion Che Mills.
The media could have given Mills more credit than he what he got before the fight. Mills is no joke. He entered the Octagon with a five-fight winning streak a feat that is hard to come by, especially in the welterweight division.
MacDonald's mentor, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges "Rush" St-Pierre, even noted that MacDonald is a future welterweight champion and the next GSP. For that to be said by the champ is a huge honor.
But which GSP was St-Pierre referring to?
Don't get me wrong, Georges St-Pierre is one of my favorite fighters both inside and outside the Octagon. It is just that St-Pierre hasn't finished off an opponent since 2008, when he beat B.J. Penn at UFC 94. Where did that GSP go?
After the Mills fight, what I saw in MacDonald was not the GSP of now, but the GSP that finishes fights. MacDonald's fight last night reminded me of the GSP that dismantled Frank Trigg back in 2005 at UFC 54, in which St-Pierre made Trigg look like an amateur rather than a pro.
I do believe that MacDonald shows potential of being even more impressive than his mentor.
With 11 of his 12 victories coming by either submission or knockout, MacDonald clearly demonstrates that he is a finisher. He already has tied St-Pierre in fights finished (12) and really shows no weaknesses in his game.
Is Rory MacDonald really the next GSP?
MacDonald's striking is superb and very accurate. The way he cuts angles is even more impressive, making it hard for his opponent to predict. His ground-and-pound is slick and powerful. His submission game is solid and his stand-up is superb.
Another impressive fact is that MacDonald is only 24 years old, which means he will only get better. The sky's the limit for this kid and his future looks very promising.
That being said, are we looking at the future of what is to come for the welterweight division? Who should be next for MacDonald? Could it be Jake Ellenberger, or maybe Jon Fitch? Or take out another Diaz in Nick Diaz? Let me know what you think.
Until then, this is Balistik signing out.
"MMA ALL THE WAY!"