MacDonald, friend and training partner of the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin over at TriStar Gym, says "Rush" doesn't need another voice in his ear telling him what to do when he faces interim champ, Carlos Condit, at UFC 154 on Nov. 17, 2012.
Of all the people that can offer "Rush" words of wisdom, you'd figure Rory would be one that can offer the better insight, aside from head trainer Firas Zahabi, of course. "Ares" has already faced "The Natural Born Killer," coming up short to Condit back in 2010, which marked the first and only loss in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
However, Rory felt "GSP" already had plenty of voices giving him advice and one more wouldn't make a difference.
From his conversation with MMA Weekly:
"I think Georges doesn't need any more people in his ear. I think if Georges fights the way Georges fights, he'll have no problem. He doesn't need me to tell him tips or anything. He'll react to what's in there. He'll do great."
After earning 10 straight wins to begin his MMA journey, MacDonald ran into a surging Condit at UFC 115. After plenty of back-and-forth action, Carlos turned up the heat in the final seconds of the third round to force the controversial stoppage from the referee.
Despite the setback, "Ares" says the loss only helped him grow as a fighter:
"Grow as a fighter big time. It was the most important fight of my career so far, as far as growth, it opened my eyes to a lot of things, changed my outlook and it's made me very hungry."
Since then, Rory has gone on a three fight winning streak, regaining the steam that made him one of the most promising contenders in the 170-pound division.
As Georges puts in his final sessions inside the gym, MacDonald has his own preparations to take care of as he takes on B.J. Penn at the stacked UFC on Fox 5 event on Dec. 8, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. One can't help but wonder if he's getting any extra tips from "Rush" for his upcoming battle against "The Prodigy."
He does, after all, hold two wins over the Hawaiian scrapper.