Georges St-Pierre stands behind Rory MacDonald
Canadian welterweight champ defends countryman from criticism
Canadian welterweight Rory MacDonald, under fire in some quarters for the manner of his UFC win Saturday, has got a vote of confidence from champion Georges St-Pierre.
MacDonald (15-1) received criticism from UFC president Dana White and others for not taking the fight to Jake Ellenberger en route to a comfortable victory via decision.
MacDonald and trainer Firas Zahabi, who also coaches St-Pierre, both said they executed their game plan against a dangerous counter-puncher. And that the onus was on Ellenberger to come out of his shell after MacDonald pulled ahead.
"He shouldn't care about the critics," the champion said in a text Sunday to The Canadian Press. "You don't brawl with a brawler.
"It was up to Ellenberger to open up and take more risk because he was losing and he didn't. Rory fought a great fight and even made it look relatively easy."
St-Pierre and MacDonald train together at Montreal's Tristar Gym.