Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and top 170-pound division contender Rory MacDonald are seemingly on a collision course to face each other inside the Octagon.
Too bad the talented Canadian pair will never fight each other.
Indeed, two of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters to ever come out of "The Great White North" will never go toe-to-toe because they are stablemates at Tri-Star Gym in Montreal. And their friendship is thicker than money... and titles.
Even if UFC President Dana White doesn't see it the same way.
Regardless of his refusal to trade punches with his friend, training partner and mentor, MacDonald says the goal to reach the highest level of the sport is still the same. And should the situation arise that he and St. Pierre are the last two men standing atop the 170-pound mountain, they will make their own "arrangements' to figure out the dilemma.
MacDonald explained on a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"We're not fighting. Me and Georges are friends, we're training partners. We'll have our own arrangements and figure it all out when the time comes. It's not going to come to us fighting. Friends, teammates, you know? We're here to help each other. We'll just figure it out. I'm not there yet. I'm more focused on Jake than anything, I'm taking it one step at a time. I'm sure at one point I'll be champ in this division, that is my goal. I'm not just here to be No. 3 guy or No. 4 or whatever I'm ranked. Eventually I'll get there."
MacDonald currently has his hands full against Jake Ellenberger as the two scrappy welterweights are set to duke it out at UFC on Fox 8 on July 27, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. St. Pierre, meanwhile, is scheduled to take on hard-hitting Johny Hendricks in his next title defense later this year.
Should MacDonald and St. Pierre both prove successful in their next fights, the case will undoubtedly be made that "Ares" be considered as a legitimate next top contender. However, if he refuses to fight St. Pierre -- or vice-versa -- what kind of arrangements could they possibly have in line to remedy the issue?
Perhaps a move up to Middleweight for St. Pierre and a big-money "super fight" against Anderson Silva at long last.