Questions regarding a potential title fight with Tristar teammate and UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre have gotten awfully stale for budding star Rory MacDonald.
Granted, his confidence has developed significantly since suffering his only loss, which came in the waning seconds of a bout against former title challenger Carlos Condit in June 2010, MacDonald remains adamant that a scrap with St. Pierre will never happen, a sentiment he made clear in this post-fight press conference for the UFC on Fox 5 on Saturday:
"I don't feel that I need to fight Georges. I don't think it's going to happen—it won't happen. Me and him are friends. He's done a lot for me and I'm very grateful for him (and) I'm not going to stab him in the back. And I don't want to wreck my opportunity training at Tristar. They've done a lot of things for me, so, I don't know. We'll see—we'll see what happens. There's lots of fights for me right now."
Just as MacDonald insists that a fight with St. Pierre won’t ever come to fruition, the 23-year-old Canadian remains determined to dominate any other heavy hitter in the division. After brutal wins over Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle, Che Mills and B.J. Penn in his last four outings, MacDonald must now search for larger and more formidable prey to hunt.
To continue his meteoric rise, here’s a look at five possible opponents for MacDonald’s next fight.