Expectations can be like a large stone: you can either use them as a pedestal on which to stand above the crowd, or have them drag you down like an anchor at sea.
While 22-year-old welterweight Rory MacDonald faced a worthy opponent in Englishman Che Mills on Saturday night in UFC 145, the bigger opponent was the expectations that have been heaped on the Canadian rising star. UFC president Dana White called MacDonald the next Georges St. Pierre, a reference to the current welterweight champion and one of the most popular and dominant fighters in the sport.
MacDonald burnished his image and raised expectations even higher with an impressive TKO over Mills in a fight that was never close.
Mills was bleeding two minutes into the first round as MacDonald took him to the mat and pounded a deep gash over Mills' right eye and another on his right cheek. The powerful close-quarters punches and elbows made the canvas look an episode of "True Blood."
Relentless and indefatigable, MacD...