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Rory Macdonald on Bellator “I’m Fighting The Best Guys in The World”

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(Rory MacRonald in victory over Demian Maia)

Former UFC title challenger and current Bellator MMA welterweight Rory MacDonald appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, and discussed his current approach to training. His devotion to the sport led to years of trying to diversify his game, perhaps not always for the best.

“I’m gonna step back from that and focus on my strengths and apply them in my fights,” said MacDonald, as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMAFighting. “And not give a s*** what everybody else’s strength is. I’m just gonna go in there and wreck people with what I know.”

“I’m fighting the best guys in the world. I would be a fool to think I wouldn’t leave with a little blood and a few scrapes here and there. You’ve gotta learn how to like that stuff. I’m a rough guy and I like it when fights get tough.”

MacDonald will be trying this old/new approach on Paul Daley. The Red King had arguably the most brutal fight in league history with Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 on July 11, 2015. He waited eleven months and on June 18, 2016, fought Stephen Thompson, losing a Unanimous Decision. A number of observers felt he had not fully recovered from the previous fight, particularly the very broken nose. He had planned to take a full year off before challenging for the Bellator belt.

“That’s what I was pushing for,” MacDonald said. “It was looking like that.”

Now he is taking a fight with Daley, at Bellator, on May 19, 2017. That will be a break of eleven months and a day.

“It’s all about timing,” he said. “This just happened to fit properly. This is a No. 1 contender fight. It’s possible that my very next fight will be for the title.”

“[The broken nose] is really feeling like back to normal now, having how many months I’ve given it off. I felt like everything’s gonna be fine by end of May, so I took the fight.”

“I want to prove a point. Absolutely. I’m going there to prove a point, to show people what’s up and who I really am. I think they’re gonna see a big change and they’re gonna be happily surprised.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.