Rory MacDonald

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Oct. 29: Welterweight gets shaken up

Douglas Lima and Demian Maia earned big wins over ranked opponents in the welterweight division this past weekend, but only one of them made a major jump in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. On Saturday at Bellator 232, Lima regained the 170-pound title for the third time...

Rory MacDonald feeling ‘better than ever,’ hopes to re-sign after a dominant Bellator 232 win

NEW YORK – After the opening round of the Bellator welterweight grand prix tournament, Rory MacDonald didn’t exactly sound motivated. In front of the world, he openly questioned if he had what it took to be a fighter anymore. Six months later, MacDonald’s demeanor has completely changed. On the...

Bellator’s Scott Coker reveals time frame, location for MacDonald vs. Lima grand prix final

The end is in sight for the Bellator welterweight grand prix. According to Bellator president Scott Coker, the promotion has a time frame and location in mind for the tournament final between champion Rory MacDonald and former champ Douglas Lima. At a media day held Wednesday in Burbank, Calif.,...

Bellator 221: MacDonald or Gracie? It doesn’t matter to Douglas Lima – mostly

Gallery Douglas Lima def. Michael Page at Bellator 221: Best photos ROSEMONT, Ill. – Now that Douglas Lima has punched his ticket – literally – to another crack at the welterweight title, he doesn’t care who he has to beat to get his belt back. Well, mostly. Lima (31-7...

Trading Shots: What do we make of Rory MacDonald’s admission that it’s harder to hurt people with God in his life?

Rory MacDonald wasn’t pleased with his performance at Bellator 220, and he attributed it in part to his relationship with a divine power. What do we make of that, coming from the Bellator welterweight champion? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMA Junkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to...

Rory MacDonald, Jon Fitch on fallout from Firas Zahabi’s steroid accusation

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Rory MacDonald and Jon Fitch didn’t anticipate walking into fight week with steroid accusations lingering over their Bellator 220 headliner. But the apparent anger that motivated MacDonald’s longtime coach to call Fitch a cheater brought little more than a shrug from the opponents scheduled to...

Firas Zahabi expects ‘cheater’ Jon Fitch to be on PEDs for Bellator title fight vs. Rory MacDonald

Firas Zahabi is not exactly known as an MMA personality who stirs the pot. The Montreal-based martial artist is best known as the head trainer for TriStar Gym, which has produced greats such as former UFC two-division champion Georges St-Pierre and current Bellator welterweight titleholder Rory MacDonald. So when...

Bellator welterweight title fight added to June 14 card in New York

A welterweight title fight is planned for Bellator’s return to New York’s Madison Square Garden. Champion Rory MacDonald’s title is on the line throughout the eight-man grand prix, and he is currently scheduled to face Jon Fitch in a quarterfinal matchup April 27 at Bellator 220. Whoever emerges victorious...

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