On Saturday, a rematch over two years in the making comes to the Bellator cage on Saturday night, as Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima face off in the finals of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix.
For MacDonald, this could be the crowning moment of his Bellator career, not only defeating Lima for a second time for the welterweight belt, but winning $1 million dollars, and surviving a tournament that nearly retired him in the opening round.
“Everything’s been leading up to this,” MacDonald said to FIGHT SPORTS during this week’s media day. “I’m really motivated and happy to be here.”
Back in April, MacDonald stood at a crossroads in his career following a majority draw against Jon Fitch in the tournament’s opening round, believing that he may not have it in him to fight again.
“After the Jon Fitch fight I had a lot of confusion about where I was going,” MacDonald said this past week. While it seemed the Red King would walk away from the sport, MacDonald found faith in himself and in religion, which he credits for reaffirming himself as a fighter and helping him get to the rematch with Lima.
Standing across from Lima a second time, MacDonald knows the risks of facing the former welterweight champion, as the “Red King” needed to be carried out of the cage following their 2017 fight, as Lima lambasted the Canadian with leg kicks.
“He’s a great fighter, one of the best I’ve ever fought in my career,” MacDonald said of Lima, who got past Andrey Koreshkov and Paul Daley to make it to Saturday’s finale on DAZN.
While it is certain that Lima and MacDonald will face off on October 26th, it is not so certain that MacDonald will appear for the promotion after Bellator 232, with this being the final fight of his contract.
“First we have to come to an agreement,” MacDonald said to FIGHT SPORTS about a potential fight on the Bellator Tokyo card this December.
“When (Scott Coker) gives me the right offer, we can write the next chapter.”