MacDonald Calls Bellator 206 His Worst Performance
Rory MacDonald has opened up on his disappointing performance against Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206, calling his chance at the middleweight title as the worst performance of his career.
MacDonald moved up from welterweight and claims his lackluster performance and inability to get off the starting blocks due to a lack of “fire” in training camps.
“I don’t know why. If it was bad timing or what. I still haven’t figured it out, but I am working on it,” MacDonald said (h/t Adam Guillen Jr. of MMA Mania). “I knew during training camp that I wasn’t preparing myself properly. I was just kind of lying to myself like,’ I will just give it my best shot when it happens, make the best of it.’ But it turned out to be the worst performance of my career against my biggest opportunity. It’s a big let down but it was my fault at the end of the day. I only blame myself.
“I felt fine, I wasn’t nervous or anything. I was very relaxed, maybe too relaxed. I didn’t have any desire to fight hard. I was too busy being comfortable, living a comfortable lifestyle and not pushing myself in my training. I was too relaxed, and in the fight. I didn’t have that fire, it was pretty clear, too.”
MacDonald will look to bounce back in 2019, as he defends his welterweight title against Jon Fitch, in the opening round of the Bellator welterweight Grand Prix.
Transcribed by MMA Mania