If Rory MacDonald (14-1) was able to hold on for seven more seconds in his fight with Carlos Condit (28-6), he would still be undefeated. Condit was able to win their three round fight, which took place in the summer of 2010. When the two meet later this year, MacDonald steps into the Octagon as a totally different fighter.
“My overall MMA game has changed so much and I’ve added so many different techniques that from where I was when I fought him the first time,” said MacDonald to BJPenn.Com Radio. “I’m just a whole other fighter. I don’t fight anything like I did when we first fought.”
In their first encounter at UFC 155, MacDonald had control for a majority of the fight. In the final round Condit was able to comeback and secure the TKO win. Post-fight, it was revealed that MacDonald had won the fight if it went to the judges’ scorecard.
That meeting occurred in MacDonald’s home country of Canada. Since that defeat, MacDonald said his biggest improvement was in his wrestling.
“I just want to do what he did to me,” said MacDonald. “I want to make him feel the embarrassment I felt in front of his family the same way I felt. I want to hurt him the way he hurt me and I don’t want him ever to forget the time that we’re going to be in there for those 15 minutes. I want him to think about that for the rest of his life.”
That defeat was the only one of MacDonald’s career. He has since won four in a row making him 5-1 with the UFC. Condit went on to win the interim welterweight championship, but lost in the title unification bout to Georges St-Pierre (23-2). MacDonald and St-Pierre are training partners.
The rematch takes place at UFC 158 on March 16. It comes from the Bell Centre in Canada.