LONDON – A former UFC title challenger who’s currently ranked No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, Rory MacDonald has certainly earned his status as one of the top 170-pounders in the world.
However, riding back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, MacDonald (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) believes he’s “got a lot to redeem” in his upcoming Bellator debut. Which is why the May 19 headliner against Paul Daley (39-14-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) is not simply about getting his hand raised again.
“The statement needs to be made with my performance,” MacDonald said during a press conference in London today. “And I’ve been working hard on new things. I’m shying away from point fighting a little bit. I want my strengths to shine in this fight. I want to come after Paul. I want to put him away early and in impressive fashion.
“This fight won’t look anything like that (Stephen Thompson) fight.