Gracie Doesn’t Buy MacDonald Not Wanting To “Hurt People”
After admitting he may not have it in him to “hurt people” anymore, Rory MacDonald, it seems that one person is not buying the idea of MacDonald losing his will to fight.
MacDonald would take a draw against Jon Fitch in the main event of Bellator 220 on Saturday night, with the “Red King” losing on one of the scorecards, but under the rules of Bellator’s welterweight grand prix, MacDonald would not only retain his title, but move on to the next round to face Neiman Gracie at Madison Square Garden in June.
“I feel like God has really called me the last little while,” MacDonald said following the fight. “I don’t know. He’s changed my spirit, changed my heart. It takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain. I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore. I don’t know what it is. It’s confusing, but I know the Lord has something in store for me. He was speaking to me in here tonight. I don’t know. It’s a different feeling.”
With that being said, MacDonald looks to “reevaluate things,” but does so staring down Gracie in the semi-finals of the Welterweight Grand Prix on June 14th.
Asked for his thoughts on the matter, the second generation mixed martial artist did not hold back, telling MMAJunkie: “It’s up to him (whether he wants to fight).”
“I think he still wants to hurt people. I saw him trying to hurt Fitch pretty bad tonight. I think it’s bulls**t.”
“Fitch showed how to beat him, I think, and I’m different than Fitch is,” Gracie continued. “If I take someone down I’m not going to stall in someone’s guard. I will go for the finish, and I will get a good position, and I will finish the fight on the floor. That’s the difference.”
“I’m waiting for Rory now, and I’ll be ready. It’s not up to me. I hope he is (ready June 14). He’s the champion. I want to fight for the belt, so I hope he’s ready because I will be.”