Rory MacDonald on match with Robbie Lawler: ”The greatest moment of my life”
Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler did one of the best matches of this year at UFC 189. In the end Robbie Lawler won and defended the welterweight title. After the match both fighters looked like they've been though war and MacDonald admits it was a great experience for him.
"The greatest moment of my life. The best experience, it was a real experience, it showed me who I was. It was the best moment of my entire life. Obviously I'm disappointed that I didn't win, I wasn't able to push through and stop him, but at the end of the day, it was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I'm grateful for it… The reality is, he stopped me. I wasn't slipping his punches when I should have been, I wasn't using good technique and movement, you know? The foot was keeping me stationary, and he did what he had to do. He's the champ for a reason. I learned from it. I think it's going to help me grow as a martial artist. It shows me what it's going to take to be a champion, and the changes I need to make to get to that level, to get a little bit better so I can get to that level."
”He was really finding his spot with his left right on my nose,” said MacDonald. ”It was giving me shock waves through my brain and my body. It just stopped me. Never broken a bone in my life, so it was an interesting feeling to fight three rounds with a broken nose. I was doing okay until the fifth.”
”It seems like he gets a lot more love, before this fight I was ‘the boring guy,’ after the Jake [Ellenberger] fight,” said MacDonald. ”Even though I was knocking people out and getting Fight of the Night, people don’t give a s—, they hear one guy say that I had a boring fight, so now I’m ‘the boring guy,’ now I have a good fight, so I’m cool again. It’s all fickle. I don’t care. I know who I am. … My next fight could be f—— boring again and s—– and they could hate me again. Who knows.”