Canadian Rory MacDonald is 5-1 in his UFC career thus far. (Getty Images)Rory MacDonald had just spent three rounds picking apart B.J. Penn en route to a victory at UFC on Fox 5. But the 23-year-old Canadian was already looking ahead toward a future opponent.
He grabbed hold of the microphone after winning his fourth fight in a row and chose to call out Carlos Condit who, more than two years ago at UFC 115, had defeated the young Canadian via TKO. It still stands as his only loss in the UFC.
Of course, Condit most recently lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 in November and according to MMA weekly is currently ranked third in the Welterweight division behind only St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks.
A rematch with Condit is something MacDonald says he's been waiting for since the last time the two got in the octagon together. After Dana White confirmed the rematch would take place at UFC 158 in Montreal on March 16th, MacDonald told ESPN:
"In Montreal - I got exactly what I wanted. "You can't get what you don't ask for. I'm very, very happy.
"It's something I've wanted more than anything since that night [referring to the last time he and Condit fought.] It was embarrassing. I got beat up in front of my friends and family. It was just a very sad moment for me. It changed who I was, and I just want to get back to it."
For MacDonald this fight is undoubtedly the biggest challenge of his UFC career and a victory against Condit would not only prove that he's capable of taking down the elite fighters in his division, but would make him one of the top contenders for the UFC Welterweight title.
But that's where things will get interesting. MacDonald has said on several occasions that he won't fight St-Pierre -- who is likely going to headline the March 16th card defending his title against Nick Diaz -- as the two are good friends and training partners. And the youngster reiterated that point at the UFC on Fox 5 post-fight press conference over the weekend.
"I'm not there yet so I'll cross that bridge when I get there," he told reporters. "I don't feel I have to fight Georges ... It won't happen. Me and him are friends, he's done a lot for me, I'm very grateful for it and I'm not going to stab him in the back."
A title shot for MacDonald obviously isn't on the table just yet, but if or when the day comes and should GSP still be the champion at that time it will be very interesting to see whether or not he's really able to pass up the chance at a title shot.
For now though it's not about title shots or being considered a top contender. MacDonald said over the weekend that at the moment there are plenty of fights for him that don't involve GSP. His rematch with Condit in March will be another opportunity for him to prove that he's one of the rising stars in the sport.