MacDonald ready to rumble in his Bellator debut
Canadian Rory MacDonald, a former UFC welterweight contender, isn’t thinking about titles as he makes his Bellator debut.
“Honestly I’m not too worried about being champ. I’m just there to take out whoever’s in front of me,” said MacDonald, a native of Kelowna, B.C., who fights out of Montreal. “Obviously it would be nice to fight for the title but I’m not really putting a lot of pressure on that.
“I just want to go out there and wreck people the way I know I can.”
MacDonald (18-4-0) kicks off his plan to wreak havoc in the Bellator ranks tonight when he takes on brash Brit Paul (Semtex) Daley (39-14-2) at London’s SSE Arena, formerly known as Wembley Arena.
Watching will be Bellator champion Douglas Lima (286-0), who decisioned Daley last
July in between losing the 170pound title and winning it back from Russian Andrey Koreshkov.
MacDonald, 27, signed with Bellator last August after his UFC contract expired. His last fight in the UFC was a June 2016
loss to current No. 2 contender Stephen (Wonderboy) Thompson.
Daley’s last opponent — Brennan Ward — was stretchered out of the cage in January after having his face carved open by a vicious flying knee at Bellator 170.
MacDonald started in mixed martial arts at 14, making his pro debut two years later with his parents having to give their approval. Even then only a few athletic commissions would sanction the youngster.
He won the King of the Cage Canadian lightweight title at 18 — in his sixth fight — and the King of the Cage world 155pound title in his next outing a year later. He was 20 when he made his UFC debut, dispatching veteran Mike (The Joker) Guymon in four minutes 27 seconds.
“Watch that name. He’s going to go far,” said then-welterweight champion Georges StPierre, who shares the same Montreal gym.
The stone-faced MacDonald went on to win nine of 13 UFC fights. Two of the losses were at the hands of (Ruthless) Robbie Lawler, including a July 2015 title challenge that lasted a bloody 21 minutes.
Rory MacDonald takes part in an open workout at the Aberdeen Pavilion in June 2016 in Ottawa.