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Rory MacDonald Says He Looks Up to BJ Penn

December 9, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Rory MacDonald recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his win over B.J. Penn at UFC on FOX 5 and more. Check out the highlights:

On remembering Carlos Condit’s come-from behind win over him in June, 2010: “I was just laying there getting beaten on. My face looked like I was the guy from ‘The Goonies’ after. I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed about my performance and how I held myself. It did a lot of damage, and I don’t think I’ve been the same person since. I want to get that back.”

On looking up to BP Penn: “B.J. was one of my heroes growing up – when I was a teenager growing up in the sport. But I can’t carry that mindset into a fight with somebody, if you know what I mean. When I look across the octagon against somebody, it’s just another body to me. Legend or not, I’m going in there to hurt him. That was the mindset I was carrying into this.”

On not going for the kill in the fight: “I was (looking for the finish). It’s just that I was being precise about it. I was picking my shots and being calm about the situation. B.J. is a dangerous guy, so it would be kind of a mistake if I just jumped on him with everything I had and then got clipped with a shot. I was picking my shots, being technical. If the knockout came, it came, but it didn’t.”

On a potential fight with George St-Pierre: “I don’t know; I’m not there yet. ‘ll cross that bridge when I get there, but I don’t feel that I need to fight Georges. I don’t think it’s going to happen. It won’t happen. Me and him are friends. He’s done a lot for me, and I’m very grateful for it. I’m not going to stab him in the back, and I don’t want to wreck my opportunity training at Tri-star. They’ve done a lot of things for me.”

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