Rory MacDonald has some notes.
Set to challenge UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler July 11 at UFC 189, MacDonald says he's excited to have more time to work inside the Octagon.
MacDonald lost a three-round split decision to Lawler at UFC 167 in 2013 and hopes he'll avoid going to judges given the championship rounds.
"I always enjoy longer fights," MacDonald told The Fight Network. "I don't like going to decision. Fighting guys this high level, you need more than 15 minutes. I always appreciate staying in the cage a big longer. That's going to be a lot nicer."
MacDonald would even be in favor of fighting without time limits, harkening back to the early days of the UFC.
The last UFC event without time limits was UFC 4 back in December of 1994, although only the eight-man tournament final between Royce Gracie and Dan Severn went over 15 minutes. Gracie submitted Severn with a triangle choke 15:49 into the match.
UFC 5 was the first event for the promotion featuring time limits. 20 and 30 minutes limits were used depending on the round of the tournament.
"I'd like that," MacDonald said of fighting without time limits. "It doesn't play into fan-friendly things because guys get tired and it can drag on. You've seen that in the older UFC's with those rules. But yea, I'm a purist kind of guy. I like knees to the head on the ground, kicks to the head on the ground, headbutts. I think those are all really good tools for human body weapons. I think those are important."
While he has no problem with MMA's current unified ruleset, MacDonald says he'd change the sport drastically if he had his way.
"It changes the positions completely," said MacDonald. "We saw [former UFC heavyweight champion] Mark Coleman in the early days dominate with headbutts from the guard. It would change the guard position. Four points would change because of knees to the head on the ground. Standing over your opponent would change with kicks to the head on the ground. The whole concept, the positions that people are used to seeing in the UFC would change drastically if those were the rules."
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