In the main event of Bellator 222, Rory MacDonald was looking to defend his welterweight title against undefeated jiu-jitsu star, Neiman Gracie. It was also the semi-finals of the welterweight Grand Prix where the winner would take on Douglas Lima.
But, the major question going into the fight, is how Rory MacDonald would perform. After his performance against Jon Fitch he wasn’t sure if had the desire to hurt anyone anymore.
“God has really called me the last little while. He’s changed my spirit, changed my heart,” MacDonald said. “It takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain and stuff. I just don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore. I don’t know what it is. It’s confusing. But I know the Lord has something in store for me. He was speaking to me in here tonight. It’s a different feeling.”
“I don’t have that killer inside,” Rory MacDonald later added. “It’s really hard to explain. I hesitate a little bit now. I don’t know what to say. It wasn’t my best performance.”
Rory MacDonald ended up putting that past him and looked composed in there tonight against Gracie. He had the advantage on the feet and was picking the jiu-jitsu ace apart. But, Gracie got a few submission attempts in, however, the champion had tremendous submission defense to stop them. In the end, MacDonald dominated the first four rounds and although he lost the fifth, he didn’t let Gracie do much at all.
It was a tremendous performance for the Canadian as he wins by unanimous decision and will take on Douglas Lima in the finals
Pros react to Rory MacDonald beating Neiman Gracie
Rory… Jesus wants violence!
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) June 15, 2019
Roy McDonald is so technical and smooth on the feet. One of cleanest jabs in MMA !
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) June 15, 2019
Easy win for Rory
— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) June 15, 2019
— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) June 15, 2019
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/14/2019.