Rory MacDonald makes his Bellator debut this Friday against Paul Daley at Bellator 179.
Rory MacDonald hasn’t fought since June 2016 when he lost to Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. Since his time off from competing, Rory MacDonald has undergone surgery on his nose and took time to improve on his weaknesses, and nutrition. He believes this has been his best training camp, “I tried to get back to basics almost so to speak, focused on my strengths,” he said. “I looked at my nutrition and I really got that a lot better obviously it wasn’t bad before but I really tried to step it up, and then my overall fitness level, my cardiovascular system, all those got improved as well.”
MacDonald is looking to go old school in his approach to his upcoming fight against Paul Daley. “I’m looking to push him around the cage and bully him, beat him up, take the fight where I want it to be,” he said.
He acknowledges the fact that Paul Daley is a high level kick boxer and doesn’t want to fall victim to his striking power but will aim to get in there and hunt Daley down. This fight of course being an important one for both men as the winner will go on to fight for the Bellator Welterweight title. With the looming title fight against the current Champion Douglas Lima and Lorenz Larkin scheduled to take place this June, Rory believes that either fighter would be a great fight for him.
Bellator has added names such as Lorenz Larkin and Ryan Bader recently to its roster, Rory said he is looking forward to competing at multiple weight classes to create exciting matchups, something he was unable to do in the UFC. “It’s a challenge for me to overcome,” he said. “Its something that I haven’t been able to do in my career yet. I feel like this is the right time, the right chapter in my career to be more adventurous and go after it.”
Rory MacDonald will kick off the new chapter in his career this Friday as he headlines against Paul Daley. We can expect to see an improved, aggressive and violent Rory when he returns to competition. “I’m looking to go out there and beat the sh*t out of this guy in every aspect of mixed martial arts.”
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