For some mixed-martial-arts fighters, time away from the octagon between bouts is welcomed. But for Rory MacDonald, there is no downtime — only time to train.
Since losing in an epic brawl to Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 last year, the Canadian fighter has been waiting for a scheduled opponent. Yesterday, reports surfaced that he finally has his next opponent lined up: Stephen Thompson.
In the meantime, Lawler told Footwear News he is staying sharp for his next bout. “I’m training in martial arts every day and doing fitness as well — strength and conditioning, rehab, running — just hoping for a fight to come up,” he said.
MacDonald, who inked a deal with Reebok in July, often works out in the brand’s FuryLite shoe and hits the treadmill in the ZPump Fusion. Away from the gym, MacDonald’s shoe of choice is the Reebok Ventilator, especially the brand’s collaboration with BAPE and Japanese retailer Mita on the silhouette, which hit stores in January.
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While MacDonald is the top welterweight contender, he said his next fight might be at middleweight, as he’s looking to make his 185-pound debut this year.
Overall, the brawler dubbed “Red King” said he wants to mix it up “as soon as possible.”
Here are a few more things that drive the UFC pro:
My Dream Car:
“Those Lamborghini Aventadors.”
Best Food in My Hometown:
“A top five restaurant in Montreal is Joe Beef.”
Training Cheat Foods:
“I like sweets, candy and ice cream.”
Sport I Can’t Play:
“Basketball. I’m pretty terrible at that.”
Favorite Fight Movie:
“The movies from the 1980s and ’90s, like ‘Bloodsport’ with Jean-Claude Van Damme.”
The Fight I Really Want Next:
“Robbie Lawler, to avenge my losses.”