MacDonald To Fight At Bellator 222
After Rory MacDonald saying he may not be up to “hurt people” anymore, the Bellator welterweight champion made it clear he WILL be in the cage at Bellator 222.
“I want to take the time to thank everybody who had the chance to see my fight last weekend and share that candid moment I had in the Bellator cage with John McCarthy,” MacDonald said in a press release sent on Tuesday.
“I felt an internal struggle during the fight I never experienced before. I have always enjoyed my time in the cage by expressing my techniques in full out combat against another top-level fighter, but this time I wasn’t enjoying it. It felt more like a job than the satisfaction I am used to feeling by being dominant and applying what I have practiced to defeat someone.”
“Even during my dominant moments, I felt I was completing a task and these feelings were a bit confusing to me because it’s new. I used to fight with anger I held within myself from pain I had experienced in my past,” MacDonald continued.
Citing his new found religion, MacDonald claims that he’s let that part of himself go, and has not lost his “passion for martial arts.” MacDonald continued by saying, “I am not retiring from my professional MMA career, I’ve always been true and honest in the sport and I spoke from the heart.”
“As for my career at the moment. I am going to move forward in this tournament and compete boldly against Neiman Gracie in New York at MSG on June 14.
“Thank you for your support and all the kind messages I’ve received after this sentimental moment I had for all to see after 14 years of being in this sport.
While MacDonald confirmed he will return to the Bellator Cage on June 14th, he will have to be cleared by a doctor after being medically suspended after his Bellator 220 draw against Jon Fitch this past weekend.
If cleared, MacDonald will join a card headlined by Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen from Madison Square Garden on DAZN.
Updated Bellator 222: Machida vs. Sonnen Fight Card:
Light Heavyweight Main Event Bout: Lyoto Machida (25-8) vs. Chael Sonnen (31-16-1)
Welterweight World Grand Prix Semifinal Title Bout: Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) vs. Neiman Gracie (9-0)
Bantamweight World Title Bout: Darrion Caldwell (13-2) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2)
175-Pound Catchweight Bout: Dillon Danis (1-0) vs. Max Humphrey (3-2)
Women’s Flyweight Bout: Heather Hardy (2-1) vs. TBD
Flyweight Bout: Brandon Polcare (1-2) vs. Brandon Medina (Pro Debut)