Less than a month after Rory MacDonald went to war with Douglas Lima for the Bellator welterweight title, Bellator President Scott Coker, got a phone call that made him think MacDonald was crazy.
MacDonald, who would walk out of his January title clash with Lima, with an eye swollen shut and bulging shinbone, called Coker to schedule his next fight.
Coker told Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, “two weeks later, he calls me and he’s like, ‘I’m ready to schedule a fight,’” Coker said.
“I said, ‘Rory, no, no. You need to put on the brakes here for a second. Let’s just rest.’ He said, ‘No, no, I’m ready. I’m just about ready to walk. I still have a limp, but I think I can start training in another week.’ I’m like, ‘This guy is nuts.’”
Luckily for all parties involved, MacDonald has taken a break and has not fought so far in 2018. Yet, the wetlerweight titleholder will make a move up to middleweight on September 29th, when he faces Gegard Mousasi for his Bellator middleweight title at Bellator 206.
On top of that, MacDonald will also be competing in the upcoming Welterweight grand prix, and also defend his title in each round he goes into.
MacDonald will square off against former WSOF (PFL) welterweight champion Jon Fitch, which may land in February according to Coker.
“He just wants to fight, he wants to stay busy,” Coker said of MacDonald.
“He wants to get out there and compete. So, I think it’s my job to slow him down. He’s chomping at the bit. And he wanted this fight with Gegard and Gegard wanted to fight him. And they wanted to test themselves.”
“I have never met a fighter like Rory,” Coker said.