NEW YORK – Rory MacDonald stood within the cage at Bellator 220 in April contemporary off a disappointing majority draw towards Jon Fitch – whom many projected would succumb to “The Red King” – wanting very very similar to a person in quest of solutions.
What the 29-year-old Bellator welterweight champion mentioned subsequent solely amplified these emotions.
“I don’t have that killer (instinct) inside,” MacDonald mentioned. “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.”
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It sounded as if was going to retire proper there after which, when he added: “I have to get out of here and re-evaluate. We’ll see what happens.”
That was within the wee hours of April 28. Since then, MacDonald claims he has gotten the readability wanted to proceed combating. The Canadian seems to defend his title towards Neiman Gracie throughout the semifinal of the Welterweight Grand Prix in the primary occasion of Bellator 222 at Madison Sq. Backyard on Friday, dwell on DAZN. The winner advances to face Douglas Lima within the remaining for $1 million from rap mogul 50 Cent.
So, what modified in roughly seven weeks that allowed MacDonald to proceed his MMA profession?
“I just got clarity that I have a huge platform to reach a lot of people to speak about the Lord to give me comfort in knowing that what I’m doing is for a good purpose,” MacDonald informed Sporting Information throughout the media day for Bellator 222 at MSG. “My life has modified rather a lot in the previous few years. Simply every little thing altering in my life a lot, simply making an attempt to get readability on every little thing as a result of life strikes so quick. So, I took a while to consider it and get readability on the state of affairs.
“I assume it is essential to handle this stuff,” he continued, imploring others in any field of work to do the same. “It is an enormous factor. It is how I assist my household, it is my profession, it is all I actually know what to do in my life. However there was numerous adjustments, so simply to re-evaluate issues and put issues in perspective.”
Wanting again on the post-fight interview from Bellator 220 in April, MacDonald believes his try to convey the place he was in his life might need been overshadowed by his uncooked emotion within the second.
“Every part taking place so quick in my life, so many adjustments, making an attempt to regulate into what I’ve finished for my entire life, which is combating,” he said. “So, I’m simply making an attempt to determine all of it out and generally it would not come out correctly throughout a battle interview.”
However he undoubtedly appreciates the outpour of assist that he acquired on social media for his sincere feedback.
“I assume folks admire an sincere assertion that comes from the center,” he said. “I assume folks can relate to an actual assertion.”
These “folks” embrace Neiman Gracie.
“I respect that,” Gracie told SN of MacDonald’s comments. “I all the time inform folks that combating within the cage isn’t any joke. If he would not really feel like doing it anymore, I respect it, however I assume he nonetheless does.”
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In fact, Gracie goes to check that feeling to ensure, already predicting a submission victory to turn into the brand new Bellator welterweight champion. MacDonald is assured his personal floor sport will stop such an end result.
“I do not assume that is going to occur,” MacDonald said. “I really feel very assured with my jiu jitsu and can attempt to maintain the battle out of his strengths.”
With a win over Gracie, MacDonald will face the very man whom he defeated by resolution to win the welterweight title – Douglas Lima. Simply this time, he thinks it will likely be a distinct scrap.
“I assume he is extra assured and he is been working exhausting,” MacDonald said. “It is a exhausting battle. Douglas brings it. I assume he is actually hungry proper now. I must be on level and be at my greatest. Will probably be a tough battle, however I’ll be prepared for it.”
If MacDonald could make it a convincing victory over Gracie, it might additionally quell critics’ – and his personal – lingering questions on persevering with his MMA profession.
Both method, we all know MacDonald goes to be sincere about it.