Rory MacDonald will be inside the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve and paying close attention to the championship match between Ray Cooper III and David Michaud. If the “Red King” plays his cards properly, he will be in his second series in the final $ 1 million tournament at this time next year.
MacDonald failed to claim the $ 1 million prize in a unanimous loss to Douglas Lima in the final of the Welterweight Welterweight Grand Prix in late October. After becoming a free agent soon, his lure of becoming a welterweight champion and throwing a cool $ 1 million into the PFL was too much for the Canadian 30-year-old to ignore. The veteran signed with the company earlier this month.
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“I think it’s a great opportunity and I want to go out there and cash in this time,” MacDonald told Sporting News to secure the bag in 2020. “That’s my goal.” I want to go out there and go after my big goal. “
After enjoying welterweight championship dominance as part of his two extra years with Bellator MMA, MacDonald said he was open to signing up with the company again, but chose to go with the PFL after making him a true believer.
“The PFL has really stepped up and given me the best opportunity, the best feeling and I believe in them, their development and being part of it,” MacDonald said. “I’m loyal to the free service and after what you think you deserve. I was open to everyone, but as I said, the PFL was what I really believed.”
MacDonald (21-6-1) plans to pursue a solemn MMA career by going 9-4 in the UFC with wins over Nate Diaz’s beloved B.J. Penn, Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley. Robbie Lawler’s back-to-back losses in July 2015 and Stephen Thompson in June 2016 had the Red King signing with Bellator that same year.
Following his debut at Bellator with a second round of back-naked choke stimulation over Paul Daley in May 2017, MacDonald made a unanimous decision over Lima in January 2018 to capture the welterweight title.
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He dared him to be great next to Gegard Mousasi, moving up to middleweight and is on the receiving end of a mauling for a second TKO loss that September.
Then in 2019 it revolved around, and MacDonald had himself a year-long rollercoaster, both physically and mentally. After battling with Jon Fitch in a draw in April, MacDonald was standing in the cage and publicly wondering if he had the heart to continue inflicting pain on his opponents.
In June, she spoke with Sporting News to get the clarity and sense of purpose she needed. That same month, he dominated Neiman Gracie for a unanimous decision and place in the Welterweight World Grand Prix final.
MacDonald introduced the fight with the strategy of taking Lima down to the ground. However, it is restored as the Brazilian fills his efforts and makes the Canadian pay with kicks and punches to a unanimous decision.
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Despite the injury, MacDonald has shown that he has been able to overcome the mental barrier he has faced since dealing with Fitch. He has shown that he has more exciting MMA moments to offer fight fans.
In addition, MacDonald believes that the PFL season format only covers his career.
“I think it’s great,” MacDonald said. “Knowing your schedule ahead of time, the form of the season, I think the whole project works very well.” The group of people in your category motivates you and keeps you hungry. this will get you there, not your conversation.
“Just getting out there and playing, so that’s a big motivating factor for me.”
As MacDonald sits at the Hulu Theater and watches the action Tuesday night, he wants to help the PFL grow and be one of the main focal points of 2020 – beyond.
“I want to be a part of this brand as they grow in strength in the MMA world,” and I want people to know I’m one of the best welterweights in the world. “
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