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UFC's MacDonald wants Condit redo

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TORONTO -- Canadian welterweight Rory (Ares) MacDonald is getting another shot at Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit.

UFC president Dana White confirmed by text to The Canadian Press Wednesday that the rematch is slated for Montreal in March. The Bell Centre card is expected to be UFC 158.

MacDonald (14-1) asked for the Condit rematch Saturday in the cage after defeating former lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. (The Prodigy) Penn at a televised card in Seattle.

Condit (28-6) handed MacDonald his only loss when he stopped the young Canadian with seven seconds remaining in their UFC 115 bout at Vancouver's GM Place in June 2010.

At the post-fight news conference in Seattle, the 23-year-old MacDonald said he was humiliated by the loss.

"Because I was just laying there getting beaten on," he told reporters. "My face looked like I was a guy from The Goonies after. I was embarrassed; I was embarrassed about my performance and how I held myself. It did a lot of damage and I don't think I've been the same person since. So I want to get that back."

The loss changed MacDonald, who has won four fights in a row since.

He moved from Kelowna, B.C., to Montreal in the aftermath to train with coach Firas Zahabi, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and other elite fighters at the Tristar Gym.

He also focused on fighting without emotion, reasoning that it contributed to the loss in Vancouver.

MacDonald became the UFC's youngest fighter when he signed on at 20 in fall 2009.

His first fight was a small televised event in January 2010 in Fairfax, Va., where he submitted Mike Guymon in four minutes 27 seconds.

Then he was hurled into the maelstrom in his home province at UFC 115 against Condit, the former WEC champion.

"People were going insane," MacDonald recalled in a recent interview. "I never heard that level of noise in a building... I was super-shocked, and it just got me fired up to a point where it was, like, bad.

"If you watch that fight, you could see the intensity that I was bringing, and I don't think that was my style. And I paid for it."

The Condit, 28, is coming off a five-round loss to St-Pierre at UFC 154.

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Penn made a basic purse of US$150,000 for his loss to MacDonald on the UFC's Seattle card.

MacDonald earned $42,000, including a $21,000 win bonus, according to the Washington state department of licensing.

Such state purse figures do not usually tell the whole financial story, as the UFC does not detail all its bonuses.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 13, 2012 D5

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