UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is not jumping on the hate Rory MacDonald bandwagon that rolled out of Seattle this past weekend.
Following his win over Jake Ellenberger, MacDonald was ripped by just about everyone for his plan of attack. Instead of engaging with the knockout puncher, “Ares” picked him apart, remaining on the outside.
The bout was the co-main event for UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga, and MacDonald earned a decision victory on all three scorecards.
GSP, a teammate of MacDonald’s at Tristar Gym, talked with The Canadian Press about his friend.
“He shouldn’t care about the critics,” St-Pierre said. “You don’t brawl with a brawler. It was up to Ellenberger to open up and take more risk because he was losing and he didn’t. Rory fought a great fight.”
While MacDonald will either surpass Carlos Condit or remain third in the UFC’s official rankings, he has stated there is no desire to fight GSP.
The champion is scheduled to battle Johny Hendricks at UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks later this year.