As UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald continues to progress as a fighter he also appears to be upping his game in the trash-talking department as well. The 23-year old (who celebrated his birthday over the weekend) first broke from his typically soft-spoken, humble demeanor leading up to a previous fight against Che Mills and now appears to be doing the same where upcoming opponent BJ Penn is concerned.
The 13-1 MacDonald recently spoke about “The Prodigy” during a press conference and was asked for his opinion on comments from Penn pertaining to MacDonald’s affiliation with Georges St-Pierre and TriStar MMA. In essence, the Hawaiian referred to both as being core elements to his motivation for taking the match-up.
“He’s upset because Georges whooped him but I’m going to hurt him even worse,” MacDonald replied.
GSP came out with his hand raised in two prior meetings with Penn, winning the first by Split Decision and the second as the result of a TKO.
Penn and MacDonald are set to meet on September 22 at UFC 152. The bout marks Penn’s return from a brief retirement, while MacDonald will be going for his fourth straight win including victories over Mills, Mike Pyle, and Nate Diaz.
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