Rory MacDonald will step into the bright lights of the co-main event position next month at UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans against Che Mills. For MacDonald, he sees the bout as one that will get him a little bit closer to the match he seeks: Carlos Condit.

Now, you might be thinking MacDonald wants Condit because he currently wears a piece of the UFC welterweight title. However, that has nothing to do with it, as MacDonald pointed out in a recent blog he is writing for the Canadian network Sportsnet.

Given our history, I can’t see anything beyond a Condit rematch at this point in time. I want that fight more than a title fight right now. Maybe one day it could even be for the full welterweight title, but, as of today, I’m just focusing on beating Mills on April 21st and then getting Condit as soon as possible.

MacDonald, who is just 22 years old, and Condit squared off in 2010 at UFC 115. MacDonald was winning the fight when Condit finished him with strikes in the third round. The loss was the first – and only to date – for the Canadian.

Many in the MMA community have compared MacDonald to an early Georges St-Pierre, which goes to show you how big of a star he could become. The Tristar fighter will be the overwhelming favorite when he meets Mills, but he’ll have to be careful of the knockout ability of Mills, who has seven KOs in his career.

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