Rory MacDonald has his sights set on two MMA legends
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald (19-4 MMA) made his highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut last night in London, England when he squared off with knockout artist Paul Daley in the evening’s featured bout.
MacDonald was able to put on a dominant performance against “Semtex” which culminated in a second-round submission victory (rear-naked choke).
The contest marked Rory’s first fight since suffering a decision setback to Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 89 in June of 2016.
“The Red King” will now face the winner of next month’s Bellator welterweight title fight between current title holder Douglas Lima and surging division contender Lorenz Larkin.
MacDonald spoke to the press following his dominant submission victory over Daley where he stated his intention to become a two-division champion with Bellator MMA (as transcribed by Jim Edwards of Champions.Co).
“I meant exactly what I said,” MacDonald said. “When I walk into that cage I’m not there to play games, pick my shot, or win on points. I’ve won fights like that, but I’ve always had regrets the way I’ve won those fights. When I walk in that cage, I’m going to destroy you and that’s it.”
The Canadian welterweight standout continued:
“The train is ready to keep rolling,” MacDonald said. “I’ve some momentum now and I’m ready to take fights all the time. Bellator are very clear because I’m on them all the time, [I want] future fights, here, here, and here. Whether it’s weight classes up and whenever possible you know. I’m always bugging them and they know what’s up.”
Outside of fighting for titles, Rory MacDonald is eyeing future fights with mixed martial arts legends Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva.
“I want to be a champion, a two-division champion if I can,” MacDonald said. “Outside of that, I want the big fights. If I can fight the legendary fighters that are around and in Bellator then sign me up. I think they will be fan friendly fights. A young up and coming champions fighting legends—I think that sells. Fedor, Wanderlei, those are big guys and I think fans would want to see that.”
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