Rory MacDonald is never one to take the bland and vanilla approach to press conferences.
MacDonald, who challenges Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title at UFC 189 this July, went very detailed when asked to describe himself during the UFC 189 World Tour recently.
“I compared myself to a silver-back gorilla and a lion, a cross-breed with a little bit of a bunny,” he said. “Gorillas are powerful and have a position as a leader, a lion for its heart and a bunny for its love.”
Back in 2013, MacDonald (18-2) lost via split decision to Lawler, but has rebounded with three straight wins. Lawler claimed the title from Johny Hendricks last year.
“The fight with Robbie is going to be the biggest fight of my career,” he said. “I’m more focused than ever and I’m hungrier than ever.
“I am prepared for the hardest fight of my life and I feel confident and strong-minded. I definitely learned a lot from my last fight with him.”
MacDonald, who fights out of the Tristar Gym in Canada, added that he will “have a much better mental approach in this fight and will be giving Robbie the respect he deserves. I don’t think I adequately gave him the respect he deserved last time, and I paid the price for it.”