Quote: Rory MacDonald Would Catch Fedor On The Button

Longtime UFC contender Rory MacDonald may have already reached the pinnacle of 170 pounds in his new home in Bellator when he outlasted champion Douglas Lima to take home the gold at January 20’s Bellator 192, but before his title shot he was teasing some truly huge things. ‘The Red King’ hinted that he wanted to […]

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Longtime UFC contender Rory MacDonald may have already reached the pinnacle of 170 pounds in his new home in Bellator when he outlasted champion Douglas Lima to take home the gold at January 20’s Bellator 192, but before his title shot he was teasing some truly huge things.

‘The Red King’ hinted that he wanted to be an alternate for Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, which also got started at Bellator 192 when Chael Sonnen beat Rampage Jackson in the opening round.

But even though MacDonald currently rules the welterweight roost, his longtime coach Firas Zahabi recently told Fight Hub TV that MacDonald would take a fight with legendary former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko if Frank Mir was forced out of his April Grand Prix match-up with “The Last Emperor,” and would knock out the Russian hero if he did:

“Rory is in his prime, and Fedor is not. I think if Rory catches him on the button, which he will, it’ll be a great name for him to collect.”

Indeed it would be, as Emelianenko still ranks as one of the biggest names in the history of mixed martial arts despite a questionable return to the sport that saw him absorb a brutal knockout from Matt Mitrione last June.

Because of the timeframe of Fedor being past his prime and MacDonald being directly in his, Zahabi believes the time is now for ‘The Red King’ to take chances such as facing Emelianenko:

“Rory’s got that experience, he’s got that hunger. He’s in his prime now right now, now’s the time to take those chances. You know, if you ask me two-three years ago, I would have said no. Now’s the time. There’s a right time, so, this is it.”

MacDonald vs. Emelianenko would be a huge fight indeed, and Fedor has taken on slightly smaller competition in Strikeforce when he met fellow Pride great Dan Henderson.

However, “The Last Emperor’s” currently involved in the Grand Prix, and MacDonald’s next fight will most likely be his first defense of the Bellator welterweight championship, a fight he’ll certainly need much time to prepare for after suffering a gruesome injury to his leg against Lima.

Is this a bout you’d be excited to see in the Bellator cage?

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Rory MacDonald Disputes Reports of Serious Injuries

New Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald left Bellator 192 on a stretcher, as he was transported immediately to a local hospital after defeating Douglas Lima. After the California Athletic Commission released a medical report stating the Canad…

New Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald left Bellator 192 on a stretcher, as he was transported immediately to a local hospital after defeating Douglas Lima. After the California Athletic Commission released a medical report stating the Canadian could be sidelined for several months, MacDonald took to social media to try and clear the air. “They’re […]

Bellator 192 Medical Suspensions: Rory MacDonald Earns Long Sit

It turns out those leg kicks by Douglas Lima did some serious damage to Rory MacDonald, even if he ultimately lost the fight. The CSAC imposed up to six months’ suspension (via MMA Fighting) for MacDonald, whose leg was grotesquely swollen by the end of the five-round welterweight title fight. Doctors with the California State […]

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It turns out those leg kicks by Douglas Lima did some serious damage to Rory MacDonald, even if he ultimately lost the fight.

The CSAC imposed up to six months’ suspension (via MMA Fighting) for MacDonald, whose leg was grotesquely swollen by the end of the five-round welterweight title fight.

Doctors with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) say MacDonald might have possibly broken his right hand and right lower leg, due to an accumulation of damage dealt out by Lima’s leg kicks. MacDonald may be able to return before that if he’s cleared by a physician, but also must navigate a 45-day no contest with 30 days no contact mandatory suspension.

However, “The Red King” himself said on The MMA Hour that his leg was merely a hematoma, which explains the massive swelling. With no damage to the actual bone, the Bellator welterweight champion could return sooner than originally thought.

As for Lima, the recently deposed champ was given a 60-day ban from the commission due to a cut over his right eye. Lima was also given a 45-day medical suspension with 30 days of no contact; the fight was clearly a war of a attrition between both men, amounting to some serious damage that has forced the CSAC’s hand in suspending them.

Here are the full suspensions:

Chael Sonnen: Seven day mandatory suspension

Quinton Jackson: Seven day mandatory suspension

Rory MacDonald: Potential suspension of 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact due to possible fracture to right hand and right lower leg; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; 45-day no contest, 30-day no contact mandatory suspension

Douglas Lima: Potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration of the right eyebrow; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; 45-day no contest, 30-day no contact mandatory suspension

Michael Chandler: Seven day mandatory suspension

Goiti Yamauchi: Potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration to left cheek; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; seven-day mandatory suspension

Aaron Pico: Seven day mandatory suspension
Shane Kruchten: Potential suspension of 180 days no contest,180 days no contact due to possible fracture to right foot and right second toe; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; 45-day no contest, 30-day no contact mandatory suspension due to KO

Henry Corrales: Seven day mandatory suspension

Georgi Karakhanyan: Potential suspension of 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact due to possible fracture to right hand; potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration of right eyebrow; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; Seven day mandatory suspension

Cooper Gibson: Seven day mandatory suspension

Andrew Lazo: Seven day mandatory suspension

Chad George: Seven day mandatory suspension

James Barnes: Potential suspension of 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact due to possible fracture to left shoulder; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; Seven day mandatory suspension

Gabriel Green: Seven day mandatory suspension

Christopher Padilla: Seven day mandatory suspension

Jalin Turner: Seven day mandatory suspension

Noah Tillis: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact; no exception due to KO

Arthur Estrazulas: Seven day mandatory suspension

Mike Segura: Seven day mandatory suspension

Roosevelt Roberts: Seven day mandatory suspension

Tom Aaron: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact; no exception due to KO

Kyle Estrada: Seven day mandatory suspension

David Duran: Seven day mandatory suspension

Johnny Cisneros: Seven day mandatory suspension

Marlen Magee: Potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration to nose; must be cleared by physician to return sooner

Guilherme Bomba: Seven day mandatory suspension

Ivan Castillo: Seven day mandatory suspension

Devon Brock: Potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration to left eyebrow; must be cleared by physician to return sooner

Khonry Gracie: Seven day mandatory suspension

Jose Campos: Seven day mandatory suspension

Haim Gozali: Seven day mandatory suspension

Joey Davis: Seven day mandatory suspension

Ian Butler: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact; no exception due to KO

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Bellator 192 Medical Suspensions Include Rory MacDonald, Douglas Lima

Both the new Bellator welterweight champion and former titleholder are looking at extended stays on the sidelines following their five round battle at Bellator 192 this past weekend. Rory MacDonald, who bested Lima to win the title from The Forum in Lo…

Both the new Bellator welterweight champion and former titleholder are looking at extended stays on the sidelines following their five round battle at Bellator 192 this past weekend. Rory MacDonald, who bested Lima to win the title from The Forum in Los Angeles, could be shelved for 180 days after suffering a serious leg injury […]

Rory MacDonald Describes ‘Worst Pain’ He’s Ever Felt At Bellator 192

Rory MacDonald may have emerged from last Saturday’s (Jan. 20, 2018) Bellator 192 with the Bellator welterweight gold, but it was far from an easy path for the once-touted former UFC star. Despite controlling former champion Douglas Lima on the ground enough to win on the judges’ cards, MacDonald absorbed a high number of Lima’s […]

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Rory MacDonald may have emerged from last Saturday’s (Jan. 20, 2018) Bellator 192 with the Bellator welterweight gold, but it was far from an easy path for the once-touted former UFC star.

Despite controlling former champion Douglas Lima on the ground enough to win on the judges’ cards, MacDonald absorbed a high number of Lima’s vaunted low kicks, enough so that the bottom of his leg became a swollen mess that he said looked like it had a ‘person growing out of it.’

Indeed it was a brutal scene, and perhaps one of the more grotesque hematomas witnessed overall in MMA. MacDonald admitted he considered quitting the fight in order to preserve his health and fight another day, but in the end, he told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that it was a matter of mental toughness and discipline that enabled him to push through:

“Yeah, a few times. It went through my head. But I just kept pushing through it. I had to dig deep a few times and just break down some mental barriers and keep pushing.

“Any fight that I’ve had to endure a lot of punishment and keep going forward, yeah. Your mind always plays tricks on you and wants you to give in and it’s just being disciplined and being able to push through those doubts and anxieties.”

Of course, MacDonald is well-known for his five-round war with former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at 2015’s UFC 189, a fight where he badly broke his nose in a heart-breaking loss after having ‘Ruthless’ in big trouble.

With comparisons to that bout and his fight with Lima inevitable, MacDonald said the two were hard to compare. In terms of pure overall physical pain, the hematoma was his worst, and he was proud of himself for being able to persevere through extreme adversity to win this time:

“Hard to compare,” MacDonald said. “A physical pain, I’d say this one was the worst, for sure. I would say this one was the worst as far as pain goes.

“I was definitely emotional. Especially going through a fight like that for the belt. It was a special moment for me, because I got to push those mental barriers to get to this championship. It was a nice feeling. It was a hard fight, it was a close one. It was something I really appreciated and I’ll always remember.”

And even though the fight was hailed as being less than entertaining, MacDonald acknowledged he simply had to do what he did to secure a win in one of the biggest fight of his career – even though he would have liked to have fought differently:

“I’m happy that I was able to push through those barriers, like I said.

“Those aren’t easy moments in a fight to get through. I was happy that I was able to stay focused on the prize and just keep going forward and stay focused on what I had to do, regardless of how I was feeling. I had to change things up in the fight. I would have liked to have fought differently, but I had to adjust. The fight went the way it did because of that.”

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Bellator 192 Complete Highlights Featuring Chael Sonnen-Rampage Jackson, Rory MacDonald

The Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix kicked off Saturday night from The Forum on Paramount Network at Bellator 192. Chael Sonnen became the first fighter to advance to the semifinals, scoring a decision win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in …

The Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix kicked off Saturday night from The Forum on Paramount Network at Bellator 192. Chael Sonnen became the first fighter to advance to the semifinals, scoring a decision win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the opening bout. Sonnen swept the scorecards on the night. The card also featured Rory MacDonald becoming […]