The Bellator welterweight title was on the line in the main event of Bellator 220 in San Jose, California on Saturday night. In the bout was the defending champion, Rory MacDonald as he took on the seasoned UFC veteran and former World Series of Fighting champ, Jon Fitch.
In a very closely contested battle, the scorecards would reflect that as the fight wound up being a majority draw. Because of the fact that MacDonald didn’t lose, he remained the champion and will advance to the welterweight Grand Prix semifinals to take on Neiman Gracie.
The 41-year old Fitch recollected after the fight how he could have retired earlier and now that he didn’t technically lose, he’s in a weird spot as a competitor.
“I was having a lot of medical issues and a bad brain scan…” Fitch said at the Bellator 220 post-fight press conference. “And if I lost that fight [with Jake Shields] I was done and that was it for me. Well, I won so I kept going and made the same promise with myself so I’m at a position with myself now that I didn’t lose technically. And I don’t know if I should keep that promise to myself or not. But there’s a good chance that this was my last fight. But I didn’t lose, so if I get offered the Neiman Gracie fight… It’s gonna be hard to turn down an opportunity at one million dollars and another chance to win a belt… So we’ll see.”
With MacDonald now advancing, he’s expected to face Gracie at Bellator 222 on July 16 which takes place in Madison Square Garden.
On the other end of the bracket, former champion Douglas Lima will take on Michael ‘Venom’ Page.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/28/2019.