(“Perfect, Rory, now we can finally finish our conversation about Huey Lewis and the News that you are always going on about.”)
Rory MacDonald has the kind of lifeless, black eyes that would make Dr. Sam Loomis shiver at night. For an example of this, see his post-fight call-out of Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 5, in which he delivered a speech so precise and monotone that it begged audiences to ask whether or not he had practiced it over and over and over again on the collection of flesh-covered marionettes he keeps locked in that one room in his house with a deadbolt on the door.
Obviously shaken up by MacDonald’s speech was that of Dana White, who, fearing he would end up as a bald cap on one of those marionettes, caved into Rory’s demands faster than the French in insert war of your choice here. So just five days out from his dominant win over B.J. Penn, MacDonald has already been booked to rematch the ironically-nicknamed “Natural Born Killer” in Condit at UFC 158 in Montreal. The man responsible for both MacDonald’s only professional loss and the shrine of hair and blood samples that looms over the Canadian’s fireplace, Condit is fresh off a title-losing bid to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 154. Condit and MacDonald first met at UFC 115, where despite stealing the first two rounds, “Ares” found himself eating elbow sammiches for the majority of the third until referee Kevin Dornan called a stop to the bout with just seven seconds remaining. It is no coincidence that Kevin Dornan has been missing ever since.
And speaking of people getting exactly what they wanted, it looks like GSP will likely be defending his title against rival Nick Diaz at the same event, although according to Dana White, the “deal isn’t done yet.” Diaz’s manager, Cesar Gracie, confirmed that the former Strikeforce welterweight champion has been offered the bout, but if you ask us, we’d recommend that you save your excitement for the moment these two are actually staring at each other from across the cage. Celebrating before that is simply setting yourself up for disappointment.
In other fight booking news…
Also fresh off a dominant victory at UFC on FOX 5, it appears that Russian-German kickboxing badass Dennis Siver has been booked in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL 7 against fellow surging featherweight Cub Swanson. Since making the drop from lightweight, Siver has put on a pair of brilliant performances against Diego Nunes and Nam Phan, whereas Swanson has scored three straight (T)KO victories in his past three contests. A credit is due to the UFC’s matchmaking department for this one; Siver and Swanson are two of the division’s more consistently entertaining fighters and a win for either man would launch them into the upper-echelon of the division. Expect at least one end of the night bonus to go to either one of these gentlemen, if not both.
And because I’m a huge Siver fan, I’ve added a video of one of my favorite Siver performances that didn’t end with a spinning back kick to the liver below. The fight took place at UFC 122 and saw Siver take on TUF 9′s Andre Winner in a lightweight fight that was moved to co-main event status on short notice. An indication of what we’re in store for at UFC on FUEL 7? Let’s hope so.
UFC on FUEL 7 goes down from the Wembley Arena in London, England on February 16th.