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Sunday, Apr 28, 2019

Bellator 220: Rory MacDonald Squeaks by Jon Fitch, Questions Desire to Keep Fighting

MacDonald (left) and Fitch (photo via Bellator)

By FCF Staff

Rory MacDonald retained Bellator’s welterweight crown on Saturday, and advance in the promotion’s welterweight grand prix. But, following the headlining bout, the champion questioned whether he has the motivation to keep fighting.

MacDonald faced Jon Fitch in the main event of Bellator 220, and the bout was ultimately declared a majority draw. After the bout, however, MacDonald had this to say while discussing his performance (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“I don’t know what it is. … It’s hard for me to pull the trigger now, I guess,” MacDonald said. “I don’t have that killer inside. It’s really hard to explain, but I hesitate now a little bit. I don’t know what to say. It wasn’t my best performance.”

“As a man, I feel like God has really called me the last little while,” he said. “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.”

Here are the complete results for Bellator 220, which took place in San Jose, California.

Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) and Jon Fitch (32-7-2, 1 NC) fought to a majority draw (48-46, 47-47, 47-47) – MacDonald retains the welterweight title and advances in the Welterweight World Grand Prix

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (10-0) defeated Veta Arteaga (5-3) via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 1:50 of round three to retain the women’s flyweight title

Benson Henderson (27-8) defeated Adam Piccolotti (11-3) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Phil Davis (20-5, 1 NC) defeated Liam McGeary (13-4) via TKO (strikes) at 4:11 of round three

Gaston Bolanos (5-1) defeated Nathan Stolen (8-5) via KO (punch) at 2:21 of round one

Preliminary Card:

Aviv Gozali (2-0) defeated Travis Crain (0-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of round one

Brandon Faumui (5-3) defeated Chris Avila (6-8) via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Matt Perez (5-2) defeated Justin Tenedora (2-2) via KO (punches) at 4:52 of round one

Cass Bell (3-0) defeated Peter Ishiguro (1-1) via KO (punches) 2:59 of round two

Chuck Campbell (2-0) defeated Bruno Casillas (0-1) via KO (knee) at 1:45 of round one

Hyder Amil (3-0) defeated Paradise Vaovasa (6-4, 1 NC) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:34 of round one

Josh San Diego (9-4) defeated Brandon Laroco (5-2) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Jordan Williams (8-2, 1 NC) defeated Diego Herzog (4-3-1) via TKO at 1:21 of round three

Abraham Vaesau (5-2, 1 NC) defeated Justin Roswell (3-3, 1 NC) via TKO at 1:59 of round one

Chris Inocencio (1-1) defeated Boris Novachkov (0-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Thomas Ponce de Leon (3-0) defeated Jamario Mulder (2-4) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Ignacio Ortiz (2-0-1) and Roger Severson (3-3-1) fought to a unanimous draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Erik Gunha (2-0-1) and Jon Adams (0-0-1) fought to a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

posted by FCF Staff @ 7:17 am
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