Rory MacDonald May Be Overlooking Che Mills

From a blog he wrote:

After learning the name of my next opponent, I went away and watched one of his early fights, just to see who he was, but I haven't watched any of his others. The idea was to just familiarize myself with who he was, what he looked like and how he fought, and then that was enough. I don't feel the need to go through his entire career box set in order to gain an insight into what kind of threat he will try and present me with on April 21. I really don't care about anything else. My sole concern is to improve and work on my own skill-set and then use that to crush my opponent on the night.


I hold no fear of standing toe-to-toe with this guy. Also, he's the one who needs to worry about me, as I'm fairly certain I'll be better than he is in every single area of this fight. He's going to have to adjust to my style.

And closed with...

I'm not worried about him and I'm not worried about this fight. I feel like I'm at such a high level right now and my confidence is at an all-time high.

With that in mind, I don't visualize this fight with Che Mills going very long...

I like Rory and I seriously think he has a legitimate chance of being the UFC WW champion within the next 12-15 months. As a Jon Jones fan I am reticent to throw the "arrogant" tag on anyone, but these statements bother me. Something I really like about Jon Jones is he's a complete student of the game. In every fight build up he always talks about tendencies and stuff he saw on film or whatever. Rory is the exact opposite. He just assumes he'll be better than Che, just because he is.

The only time I've seen Mills fight was when he KO'd Chris Cope in 40 seconds in his UFC debut. Chances are he's over matched here, but I find it disturbing that Rory knows slightly more about Che than I do. I'm not knocking his confidence because I know that a fighter needs confidence to be successful. However it becomes a problem when a mindset goes from "I will win" to "I can't lose" because that is when it bleeds into arrogance and that can derail a great up and coming fighter. At least he's training, but I hope he takes this guy seriously. We've seen what can happen when a guy feels like he can't lose to an over-matched opponent.

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