Bellator 232: Rory MacDonald Talks Future, Hopes to Sign New Bellator Deal
By FCF Staff
Earlier this year there was a lot of discussion and debate about Rory MacDonald’s fighting future. But, as Bellator’s welterweight champ gets set to fight Douglas Lima this Friday, MacDonald says he hopes to sign a new contract with the promotion.
Following MacDonald’s majority draw with Jon Fitch this past April, the Canadian questioned whether he still had the desire to continue fighting. Eventually, the 30-year-old confirmed he wasn’t retiring, and MacDonald defeated Neiman Gracie in June.
In advance of his welterweight grand prix finale with Lima on Friday, MacDonald reported this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I feel great – better than ever,” MacDonald said. “(I’m) super excited to go show the best version of myself… It’s a motivating situation. The rematch with Douglas is motivating, obviously the $1 million, and the tournament. Everything is just great. I’m just super blessed and thankful for this opportunity.”
“…There’s no question in my mind anymore as far as what I want to do with my fighting career. I want to re-sign a deal after this fight and continue … I want this fight to be the statement of my career … I think it will lead to great things and great opportunities and open the eyes of a lot of people.”
MacDonald (21-5-1) fought Lima (31-7) for the first time in January, 2018, and worked his way to a decision win. MacDonald – Lima will be part of Bellator 232, which will take place in Uncasville, Connecticut.