MacDonald Opens Up On PFL Elimination, Vows To Return Next Season

Rory MacDonald has released a statement following his unanimous decision loss in the PFL welterweight tournament. After getting his PFL career off to a good start with a submission win over Curtis Millender, Rory MacDonald suffered defeat to Gleison Ti…

Rory MacDonald has released a statement following his unanimous decision loss in the PFL welterweight tournament. After getting his PFL career off to a good start with a submission win over Curtis Millender, Rory MacDonald suffered defeat to Gleison Tibau in what is widely considered to be one of the worst judging decisions in MMA […]

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Rory MacDonald Speaks Out for First Time Since PFL Playoffs Exit

Former Bellator champion and 2021 PFL welterweight semifinalist Rory MacDonald is planning on a major comeback after a brief setback in his career; losing to Ray Cooper III in the PFL Playoffs and ending his first season with the league on a sour note. MacDonald fell to Cooper by unanimous decision in the PFL welterweight […]

Former Bellator champion and 2021 PFL welterweight semifinalist Rory MacDonald is planning on a major comeback after a brief setback in his career; losing to Ray Cooper III in the PFL Playoffs and ending his first season with the league on a sour note.

MacDonald fell to Cooper by unanimous decision in the PFL welterweight semifinals, getting dominated on the ground and appearing unable to showcase his diverse striking in the fight. Cooper came out with plenty to prove and ultimately won the fight off of pure grit and toughness.

Many around the MMA community believed that MacDonald was the clear favorite to win the welterweight championship in his first PFL season, but he’ll have to wait until next season to get that chance. MacDonald sounded optimistic about his fighting future and plans on coming back as a stronger fighter after the experience of losing back-to-back outings.

“Happy to be home with my family after spending 6 weeks apart,” MacDonald posted on his Instagram. “Being away from them for that long really affected me & showed me how much we need to be together for me to be at my best.”

“I’ll be taking a few weeks off to enjoy relaxing at home with family and use the time to start planning my comeback for my 2nd season in [the PFL].”

MacDonald had quite the roller coaster ride in his first season with the PFL in 2021. After earning a dominant submission win over Curtis Millender to open up the regular season, he lost a controversial decision to Gleison Tibau in the regular-season finale before ultimately losing to the defending champion, Cooper in the opening round of the playoffs. MacDonald signed with the league after a long tenure in Bellator which included a reign as the promotion’s welterweight champion.

After an unfortunate end to his rookie season in the PFL, MacDonald will look to get back on track and prove to the rest of the league that he still has what it takes to be one of the PFL’s biggest stars.

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2021 PFL Playoffs 1 Results, Sights, & Sounds

The 2021 PFL Playoffs card is well underway, and we’ve got you covered with all the highlights right here! Tonight’s main event will see Rory MacDonald facing Ray Cooper III. In the co-main event, Magomed Magomedkerimov will face Sadibou Sy…

The 2021 PFL Playoffs card is well underway, and we’ve got you covered with all the highlights right here! Tonight’s main event will see Rory MacDonald facing Ray Cooper III. In the co-main event, Magomed Magomedkerimov will face Sadibou Sy. As for the lightweights, Clay Collard will take on Raush Manfio, and Alex Martinez will […]

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ARCHIVES: Jose Aldo: “I Will Always Complain [About Fighter Pay]”

The UFC Featherweight Champion talks about the issue of fighter pay in MMA.
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The UFC Featherweight Champion talks about the issue of fighter pay in MMA.

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Rory MacDonald Won’t Rule Out UFC Return If Stars Align

Rory MacDonald isn’t ruling out a return to the UFC under the right circumstances. Before MacDonald’s stint with Bellator and his current run in the PFL, he competed under the UFC banner. He even competed for the UFC Welterweight Title in o…

Rory MacDonald isn’t ruling out a return to the UFC under the right circumstances. Before MacDonald’s stint with Bellator and his current run in the PFL, he competed under the UFC banner. He even competed for the UFC Welterweight Title in one of the most highly-regarded MMA fights of all time. Back in July 2015, […]

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EXCLUSIVE | Rory MacDonald Open To UFC Return ‘For A Fair Deal’

Rory MacDonaldRory MacDonald is open to the idea of once again competing inside the Octagon. ‘The Red King’ joined the UFC in 2010 as an undefeated prospect. MacDonald lost his promotional debut against Carlos Condit before running through the welterweight division. The 32-year-old left the company in 2016 having picked up several high-profile wins over the […]

Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald is open to the idea of once again competing inside the Octagon.

‘The Red King’ joined the UFC in 2010 as an undefeated prospect. MacDonald lost his promotional debut against Carlos Condit before running through the welterweight division.

The 32-year-old left the company in 2016 having picked up several high-profile wins over the likes of Nate Diaz, BJ Penn, Jake Ellenberger, Demian Maia, and Tyron Woodley.

Since leaving the UFC, MacDonald has become a champion with Bellator and is now competing in the Professional Fighters League. The Canadian welterweight is scheduled to fight Ray Cooper III in the semi-final of the PFL 2021 season on August 13.

Ahead of that bout, MacDonald spoke to LowKickMMA about the fight which he has been anticipating since the moment he joined the PFL roster.

“I knew eventually we would cross paths,” MacDonald said. “I felt like it was inevitable, you know, he’s a very exciting guy that the PFL really likes to promote and he’s done really well. And obviously, they’re promoting me a lot. So, I think it was a crash course waiting to happen.”

Despite feeling the love from PFL, MacDonald refused to rule out a potential UFC return and explained to us exactly what it would take for him to re-join MMA’s premier promotion.

“It would be interesting to go back there. It would be cool.” MacDonald said. “All the eyes and the attention are there and that’s the big stage. If I were to find my way back there, it would have to be for a fair deal. I fought for the UFC for a long time and I understand how it works, but at this point in my career, I’m also fighting for my family’s future. That’s a very important thing for me.”

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