Despite its booming popularity and obvious presence in the sport, women's mixed martial arts (MMA) isn't everyone's cup of tea.
Whether it's former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, admitting he doesn't like to watch women hit each other, or Mark Bocek criticizing UFC for promoting them over seasoned male fighters, there are many who still can't get into that side of the sport.
Joining his fellow Canadians is Rory MacDonald, who revealed during his guest spot on The MMA Hour that he too, isn't a fan of women's MMA. But "Ares" did reveal that -- much like "Rush" -- he likes to watch women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey fight and appreciates her skills.
His words (via MMA Fighting):
"Ronda's another one I think is really good. Her judo's really impressive, how she uses it in MMA. And I'm not a fan of women's MMA. I just don't watch it. She's the only one that I'm like, wow, super-skilled. I like watching skilled fighters, and I think she uses her skill super-well."
"I don't know what it is. I find it that they fight with a lot of emotion, and sometimes the technique gets thrown out the backdoor a lot of the time. Not all of the time. And don't get me wrong, I respect them. They fight hard. It's no joke. But it's not something that I watch a lot."
Furthermore, MacDonald said he wouldn't be opposed to migrating over to sunny California to train with the Judoka. "Rowdy," who was also a guest on the show, was open to the idea, as well.
And if the current No. 1 welterweight contender happens to meet reigning UFC division champion Johny Hendricks in his next fight -- which will be a title fight -- training with Ronda won't be bad idea, as Rory will likely find himself in very close quarters with the former wrestling champion.
But, if Robbie Lawler defeats "Bigg Rigg" at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, 2014, that means Rory will be in for a rematch against the sensational striker who already defeated him at UFC 167.
Perhaps a few training sessions with UFC featherweight Conor McGregor will be in order. After all, Rory says he wouldn't mind emulating some of Conor's moves and would be willing to head over to Ireland to train with his new Twitter buddy, sometime in the future.
"Yeah, I'm really impressed by him. He's on the cutting edge on some stuff I think. His movement and striking, it's got my attention for sure. I want to emulate some of it for sure. He's doing the right thing to get noticed quick. But I think he would have done it anyway with his skill set. I'm more of a fan of his skills. The way he talks is the way he talks, but I'm more of a fan of his work in the cage. His movement, his confidence, and there's a lot of little technical things he does with his striking that I think I could use. I like it. It's new."
Nothing wrong with expanding your horizons.