UFC Welterweight Rory MacDonald has got the biggest opportunity of his career coming up on Saturday. He's currently 4-1 in the UFC and will face off against former B.J. Penn at UFC On Fox 5. If Rory can get past the former two-division champ, he'll solidify his place as a one of the top fighters at 170 lbs.
In a pre-fight interview with Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, Rory said he's completely focused on hurting Penn when they step into the cage:
I'm really happy to be here right now. My mindset? It's just focused on hurting him, destroying him, getting the job done. I don't put too much effort or focus into thinking about my opponent, I just prepared the best I could, focused on myself and I'm ready to go. I didn't get into this sport for fame or interviews or TV, I would still be doing this if there was no cameras. I really like mixed martial arts. It's the passion in my life at the moment. I think I'm going to annihilate him in every field.
MacDonald is on a 3 fight win streak since getting finished in the final seconds of a close fight with Carlos Condit at UFC 115. In his UFC run, he's been able to finish 3 of the 4 opponents he's defeated in the Octagon. The lone fighter to make it the distance was Nate Diaz who Rory dominated throughout the 15 minute bout.
B.J. Penn has gone 1-1-1 since returning to Welterweight with a quick KO of Matt Hughes at UFC 123. Coming off a devastating loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137, Penn has said he's looking to reestablish his legacy as one of the best fighters in the game.