At PFL 8 this last weekend former UFC title challenger and Bellator champion Rory MacDonald was eliminated from the welterweight playoffs by first round TKO. Soon after, the 33-year-old announced his retirement from MMA.
Red King broke the news headlines of his exit from the activity via Instagram.
My time has arrived at put the gloves down once and for all. im so thankful because of this sport and everyone ive had the opportunity to meet on the way.
i started this sport as a 14 yr old kid, i still remember my first day and knowing this is exactly what i wanna spend my entire life doing. the passion for fighting techinques and learning to be a pro mma fighter gave me hope and ways to an improved life! and im so thankful to god for putting that gym toshido mma in kelowna in my own path. it truly changed the direction of my entire life and saved me!
what an adventure this career has been, 17 years of professional fighting. everything came and went so fast! so many painful trainings which are etched into my being, going to all elements of the earth and meeting a lot of people.
ive learned so much about myself through this career, not absolutely all of it good . and ive made so many mistakes on the way, but here i’m 33 yrs old an improved man becuase of these mistakes, to which im very grateful ive developed lol
i wanna thank most of my fans which have been so supportive, i never experienced the activity for fame or any acknowledgement and its own been hard adjusting to attention like this but i’m truly thankful for the kindess youve shown me!
many thanks to all or any my relatives and buddies that have went of there solution to help me live out my imagine fighting at the best degree of mma, many thanks for believing in me, and caring so much, youve been so generous and i really like you you all.
many thanks to the ufc, bellator, pfl for the chance to fight on the planet stage
and all of the staff of these organizations, youve all be awesome ppl to hangout and use, sorry you’d to put on with me being cranky and needy usually we spent together
many thanks to my coaches and my training partners and managers!
MacDonalds first pro fight was completely back 2005. On the the Canadian regional circuit MacDonald built a 9-0 record before signing with the UFC in 2010.
His Octagon debut was an initial round submission make an impression on Mike Guymon. In his second UFC bout he was matched-up with Carlos Condit at UFC 115.
Before his hometown crowd in Vancouver, BC, MacDonald looked to really have the beating of Condit in early stages. However, The Natural Born Killer staged a late comeback in the 3rd round to complete MacDonald by TKO with just seven seconds left on the clock.
From then on loss MacDonald continued a tear, winning five fights including victories over Nate Diaz and B.J. Penn. MacDonald then met Robbie Lawler and lost to the near future champion by split decision.
After another run of victories, this time around over Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine, MacDonald was rematched with Lawler; this time around for the UFC welterweight title.
Lawler vs. MacDonald 2 at 2015s UFC 189 will go on among the most engrossing, and brutal, contests the Octagon has ever staged. That bout, which saw both MacDonald and Lawler have a boat load of damage, ended with a TKO win for Lawler in the fifth round.
MacDonald left the UFC 2 yrs later and signed with Bellator. With Bellator he won the welterweight title and challenged for the middleweight title. He left that organization in 2019 after amassing a 3-2-1 record there.
He signed for the PFL in 2021. In his first season with the PFL he was eliminated in the welterweight semifinals by eventual tournament winner Ray Cooper III.
Over 2 yrs in the PFL MacDonald went 2-4.
MacDonalds overall record stands at 23-10-1.