On July 27 at UFC on Fox 8 the young and dynamic Rory MacDonald will take on explosive knock-out artist Jake ‘The Juggernaut’ Ellenberger in a co-main event featuring two of the UFC’s top welterweights. Both fighters stand to make big statements with a victory on Saturday, however, with a UFC title shot closing in one must wonder yet again how MacDonald will answer the perpetual question: what if the UFC offers you a title shot against the long-reigning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre?
MacDonald trains with St-Pierre in the Tristar Gym in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has been labeled by some as the next GSP — with some analysts predicting he could be even better. Both men have repeatedly stated they will never fight each other, but with only one champion per division this could leave MacDonald in a tough spot.
With such high accolades one must wonder when MacDonald is going to step out from GSP’s shadow. When is he going to be fed up with the never-ending comparisons? Will he ever put aside the friendship and follow his own dream? When will he seek the title and realize his potential? If he isn’t willing to take the next step in his career he may be relegated to play the role of perennial gatekeeper. For a fighter so young and with so much potential, this could be devastating.
What awaits MacDonald with a victory this coming weekend is unknown. Likely more questions about a matchup with GSP, worries of unfulfilled potential, and a career of what-could-have-beens.