MacDonald is the current Bellator welterweight champion, but there was a time when he was vying for UFC gold. MacDonald took on Lawler in the co-main event of UFC 189. The bout made it to the fifth round where a battered MacDonald was stopped via TKO.
Dana White Talks Rory MacDonald Post-UFC 189
During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “MMA Tonight,” White weighed in on MacDonald post-UFC 189 (via BJPenn.com):
“Yea, I think that it is a different situation in that because guys say they want to retire or do whatever and then just walk away. And then there’s guys that I let go of, or girls that I let go of, because I think that it is time. You know, but there are other places they can go and make money. But yea I think that Rory (MacDonald) is not the same guy he was going into the Robbie Lawler fight (at UFC 189).”
MacDonald is coming off a successful title defense against Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222. He’ll put his gold on the line in a rematch against Douglas Lima. The bout will serve as the finals in the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix.