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UFC Quick Quote: Rory MacDonald plans move up to middleweight after winning welterweight title

Pictured: Rory "Ares" MacDonald.
Pictured: Rory "Ares" MacDonald.

"I haven't seen myself on anyone's Top 10 rankings, but I'm not really worried about it, either. In my mind, rankings don't really matter because your place in the division is performance-based. If you perform well, the UFC is happy and I think I'm doing a good job at that so far. Sometime over the next few years, I'm going to be moving up into the next weight class. After I win the welterweight title and feel comfortable with my technique to the point where I feel I can compete with bigger guys, I'll make the move. I want to prove that even though I'm the smaller fighter, I can find success because my technique is at a high level."

-- Talk about ambitious. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender Rory MacDonald has some big plans for his future, as told to Heavy MMA. According to the Canadian wunderkind, he wants to win the welterweight title before packing on 15 pounds and moving up to the middleweight division. The key is his technique, something he feels is coming along at a rate faster than anyone could have anticipated. It's hard to disagree considering his stunning success rate this soon in his development. He's 22-years-old, 12-1 and gone the distance against some of the best the world has to offer. In fact, had he survived seven more seconds in his bout against Carlos Condit, the current Interim welterweight champion, he would have earned a decision win. And that was almost two years and two fights ago. The sky truly is the limit for "Ares" and assuming he defeats Che Mills at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia, the powers that be will be hard pressed to keep him out of the title picture for much longer. To take it one step further, could MacDonald be the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two separate divisions at the same time? Let's hear your thoughts, Maniacs.

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