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Don’t call him Waterboy

Rory MacDonald is done with that sh*t:

These days, Rory MacDonald calls himself Ares.

As the Kelowna, B.C.-native describes it, the Greek god of war’s namesake is more of a stage name, a persona he adopts each time he steps into an Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon.

“People that know me know I’m friendly and quiet,” MacDonald says. “But I take it seriously when I fight. The headspace I’m in is that I’m going to war. I’m willing to die in there.”

After impressive bounce-back wins against Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle last year, the 22-year-old (sporting a 12-1 record) goes into Saturday’s UFC 145 co-main event against Che Mills having fully earned the right to shed his old “Waterboy” nickname.

“I never really liked people calling me that,” he says. “It was given to me by friends, they made a joke out of it. It’s more of a personality thing, I felt like changing it to something that’s more of a stage name.”

Ares works much better.

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully

    I wanted to call him something different, but now that I know he doesn’t like it…

  • Symbul

    Or you could just, you know, not have a dumb ass self-appointed nickname.

  • drunkenjunk

    Giving yourself the nickname ares is gay.

  • Giallo

    Isn’t there some kind of rule against nicknaming yourself, if not there should be. He deserves to be called waterboy or fag might work too.

  • Filmdrunk

    I hate assholes who think they get to choose their own nickname.

  • Rye

    It is a lil odd to nickname yourself, but I think we can give him a pass for the way he fucking TRUCKED Diaz and made him look like a lil girl in there… oh and booted his ass out of the division, too.

    He can himself whatever he wants.

  • MadMan

    Rory “The Quiet Kid” McDonald

  • frickshun

    Rory “I have yet to learn humility” MacDonald.

  • Reverend Clint


  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So when’s Waterboy’s next fight?

  • drunkenjunk

    I want him to fight a wrestle-boxer that will smother him and smash his face in. Then he can give himself another gay greek name.