Canadian welterweight prospect Rory MacDonald was well on his way to winning a decision over contender Carlos Condit until Condit’s trainer, the renowned Greg Jackson, motivated him in between rounds and inspired Condit to pour it on in the third and final round. Down two rounds, Condit came out swinging and had MacDonald hurt and on the defense for the remainder of the round. With only a few seconds left and with Condit pounding away at MacDonald, the referee stopped the fight and simultaneously enraged the Vancouver crowd. UFC President Dana White, never one to hold is opinion on poor refereeing or judging, told media during the post-fight press conference that he felt that the ref had made the right call.
“I’m the first one to blast a referee or a judge for making bad calls,” said White. “In my opinion, referees aren’t looking at the time. They could give a s–t what time it is or how much time is left. They’re there to protect the fighters.”
The twenty-year-old MacDonald carried lofty expectations with him into this fight and, for the first two rounds at least, proved his backers correct by instituting a disciplined and effective approach that had Condit on his heels. Although Condit came back to win, White feels that MacDonald has plenty of time left to make good on those expectations.
“Rory’s a young guy,” said the Massachusetts native. “He’s got a lot of fights ahead of him. He took a lot of damage in that last round. I didn’t have any problem with the stoppage. It’s unfortunate when a fight stops with seconds left, but you won’t hear me bitching about that one.”
And even though he lost, White believes that MacDonald proved himself worthy of competing in the UFC at such a young age and expects the Kelowna, British Columbia native to make some serious waves in the welterweight division down the line.
“The kid looked amazing,” White said. “He’s such a young guy. This was a title fight for this kid. [Condit] is a guy who held a title, who’s been around for a long time, who has tons of big-fight experience. That kid had a lot on him tonight. He looked fantastic. I expect big things from him. He’s got plenty of time to work his way back up the ladder.”
Until this fight MacDonald was undefeated in ten fights as a professional Mixed Martial Artist and most recently secured a submission win over UFC fighter Mike Guymon at UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard Vs. Diaz. No word yet on whether or not MacDonald will be suspended due to any injuries sustained during the fight or as to when he will come back and fight again but it is safe to say that, win or lose, the young fighter will continue to impress.