VIDEO | Rory MacDonald was tired of being a “UFC Robot”

VIDEO | Rory MacDonald was tired of being a “UFC Robot”

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald recently jumped ship and signed a deal to fight under the Bellator banner.

“The Red King” talked about his decision to leave the UFC at yesterday’s Bellator 160 event stating that he felt like a “robot” during his final fights with the promotion (after the Reebok deal).

Rory also hinted that money played a big part in his decision to leave the UFC and sign with Bellator.

Who would you like to see MacDonald fight first under the Bellator banner?

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Rory MacDonald is no longer a UFC fighter

Rory MacDonald is no longer a UFC fighter

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Wednesday morning, news surfaced that the UFC had removed Rory MacDonald from their official welterweight rankings.

This led to much speculation regarding MacDonald signing with Bellator MMA, given that Bellator MMA President Scott Coker stated recently that negotiations with MacDonald were going well.

Now, FrontRowBrian has confirmed in addition to FloCombat, revealing that the UFC has declined to match Bellator’s offer to Rory MacDonald, thus making him a Bellator MMA fighter.

So far no word yet on when MacDonald will make his Bellator MMA debut.

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for updates as they become available.

GSP: “I still believe Rory will be world champion one day”‏

GSP: “I still believe Rory will be world champion one day”‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

UFC 189 took place earlier this month in Las Vegas and produced a number of memorable fights and exciting finishes.

The welterweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory MacDonald stole the show, as the pair went to war for over twenty minutes.

In the end, the champion was able to defeat the 26-year-old Canadian via fifth-round TKO, this after “Ruthless” landed a solid jab to MacDonald’s already broken nose.

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who is a training partner and close friend of Rory MacDonald’s, recently did an interview with BloodyElbow where he discussed the Lawler vs. MacDonald fight as well as Rory’s future:

“Rory is a good friend of mine and a training partner. I think he did a great job until he got caught by that last straight left. I still believe Rory will be world champion one day. I just believe, maybe it wasn’t meant to be right now,” GSP said. “But it doesn’t change the fact that I still think he’s the future of the division.”

“Rush” continued:

“If you look at Robbie Lawler, his career went up and down before he became champion. I think sometimes it’s just to be patient with time and experience. But I truly believe for Rory, I have a message for him, I could tell him — I know he’s probably sad and everything, because when you lose a fight you are very sad and sometimes emotion about it — but not give up on his dream, hold on to it. By seeing him training and talking to him, I know he’s the future of this division. It just wasn’t meant to be to happen right now, but it will be pretty soon.”

Do you agree with ‘GSP’ that MacDonald will one day become the UFC welterweight champion of the world?

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Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald Set For UFC 189‏

Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald Set For UFC 189‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

A welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Robbie Lawler has been booked for July’s UFC 189 event in Las Vegas.

Lawler and MacDonald previously fought at UFC 167 in November of 2013, where “Ruthless” earned a close split-decision victory over the Canadian standout.

The Lawler vs. MacDonald rematch is the second title fight booked for the UFC 189 card, which also features the highly anticipated Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor featherweight title fight.

UFC 189 goes down July 11 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Who do you have winning this welterweight title fight?