MacDonald on Condit: "I want to hurt him the way he hurt me."
It's impossible to forget the intensity and bitterness in the way Rory MacDonald called out Carlos Condit after his complete decimation of B.J Penn at UFC on FOX 5 last month. The sheer anger MacDonald expressed towards the controversial loss to Condit in June of 2010 gave us the impression that the only blemish on Rory's record was in fact a humiliating defeat that made him look like a fool in front of thousands of people.
While many cannot understand why losing to Carlos Condit is such a mind-blowing occurrence to the young Canadian (Condit has beaten several highly ranked welterweights), MacDonald seems to believe that only after he avenges the loss will he be rid of the shame and frustration Condit brought upon him when he earned a comeback TKO victory at UFC 115 with just seven seconds left in the last round.
This is why Macdonald told BJPenn.com that he doesn't just want to dominate Condit in their rematch at UFC 158 in March, he wants his opponent to leave the octagon with the same feelings Rory had when they fought the first time a little over two years ago.
"My overall MMA game has changed so much and I've added so many different techniques that from where I was when I fought him the first time. I'm just a whole other fighter; I don't fight anything like I did when we first fought. I just want to do what he did to me; I want to make him feel the embarrassment I felt in front of his family the same way I felt. I want to hurt him the way he hurt me and I don't want him ever to forget the time that we're going to be in there for those 15 minutes. I want him to think about that for the rest of his life."
The overwhelming fury in Rory's words when he discusses his feud with Condit has a lot of people wondering if he will let his emotions get in the way of his game plan in the upcoming rematch. Then again, the twenty three year old's strategy may very well be to blatantly out-class the former number one contender and assure the fans that, as he said, Condit is not on the same level of skill as the new and improved Rory MacDonald.
Regardless of how he does it, a win over Carlos Condit will surely put MacDonald into title contention, perhaps just one more win away from a shot at champion and good friend Georges St. Pierre. We will see how MacDonald's passion for revenge will effect his performance in this much anticipated welterweight showdown at UFC 158.
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