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Rory MacDonald: Georges St-Pierre won't be fighting for UFC title so long as I'm champ

Because of "respect," so you can all get the thought of the two training partners fighting inside the Octagon out of your head once and for all.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently confirmed that Rory MacDonald will be next in line to get a shot at the welterweight title.

He also revealed how the winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler, who are set to collide at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will have to defend the 170-pound strap in "Ares'" home country of Canada.

Should McDonald capture the crown, there will be plenty of challengers eager to be the first to take their shot at the Canadian superstar.

Then there is Georges St-Pierre, the man White recently revealed would get an instant title shot if he decided to return to the cage. According to Rory's comments to FOX Sports, that little detail won't change the fact that they will stick to their guns of never fighting each other inside the cage.

"It's unnecessary. We've answered it so many times and it's not going to change. I assume so (GSP wants to return). It doesn't mean he has to fight for the championship. He would respect my position if I was holding the belt."

According to "Ares," it's "common sense" that St-Pierre would avoid making a run at the title, seeing as how he did the same when "Rush" was sitting at the head of the table for all of those years.

Of course, St-Pierre has yet to commit to a return and plenty of things still have to go right before a potential fight between the two is even discussed.

Chief among them, Rory has to win the title, which will be no easy task as both Lawler and Hendricks will prove to be stiff competition for the young contender. "Ruthless" has already defeated Rory once before, besting him back at UFC 167 last November.

"Bigg Rigg," meanwhile, has shown he has what it takes to be king of the mountain.

Then again, should MacDonald become champ, there is always the possibility that it will postpone, if not flat-out cancel any ideas St-Pierre has of returning to the cage, especially if he can't fight for the belt.

After all, aside from fighting for a championship, there aren't too many "super fights" available for "Rush" at the moment.

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