Former UFC welterweight staple Rory MacDonald recently made his highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut this past weekend when he picked up an impressive 2nd round submission win over knockout artist Paul Daley.
Following the win, MacDonald spoke in his Bellator MMA post-fight in-cage interview to discuss the journey he has been on since his last fight in the UFC against Stephen Thompson, until now.
“It’s been a long time of lay-offs, man, it’s been a long two years to be honest,” he said in the post-fight interview. “It took a lot to stay focused, stay on track, to focus in on what I was lacking in every department of my life. And I made sure to check off all those wrongs I was doing, and it showed in the fight. Paul is one of the best guys that I’ve ever fought. I had to be on point and at my best, and tonight I was at my best.”
With ‘The Red King’ now the Bellator MMA welterweight #1 contender, he is in a position to challenge for the Bellator MMA title, however he isn’t stopping there. MacDonald spoke on The MMA Hour to discuss his desire to become the first simultaneous two-division Bellator champion:
“I’d like to fight for the middleweight title maybe at the end of the year if there is a big card we can promote and get me and the middleweight champion on there.”
“Obviously, I am not looking past the welterweight championship fight, I’m just saying if everything goes as planned. An end of the year show for the middleweight title would be fantastic.”
It is of course important to mention that MacDonald has never fought at middleweight. With that being said, at 6’0, MacDonald certainly wouldn’t be an undersized middleweight in terms of height.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/24/2017.