Rory MacDonald changing approach to training camp and “going to do things my way”

Rory MacDonald was scheduled to be on the UFC 152 pay-per-view against BJ Penn, but had to pull out of the fight because of a laceration over his eye that he suffered during a sparring session.


The UFC has re-scheduled his fight against Penn for UFC on FOX 5, which takes place on December 8th in Seattle.

MacDonald will begin his training camp for Penn in two weeks and told Ariel Helwani on FUEL TV that he will be changing how he does his training camp.

“I’m going to do things my way now,” MacDonald said. “I think it’s going to allow me to fight more and take fights on shorter notice. I hear a lot of the older guys. I am learning from them and seeing how they train for fights and prepare for them. The two month thing and how everything has to go perfectly. I am tired of all that. I want to things my way and fight more often.”

MacDonald is a member of Tristar Gym in Montreal, which is the same gym as welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and is run by Firas Zahabi. He has no plans to leave the gym and just wants to change the way he has been training.

“I have to do things my way,” he said. “Obviously, not everyone is going to have the same outlook as me. But at the end of the day, I am the one getting in the cage and I’m putting myself at risk, so I make the call.”