Professional MMA Record: 20-4
Titles: Bellator Welterweight Champion (January 2018)
Weight: Welterweight (170 lbs)
Date of Birth: July 22nd, 1989
Style Summary: Striking, Submissions
Residences: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Birthplace: Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
Rory is a Canadian mixed martial artist currently signed with the Bellator MMA in the welterweight division. He is a former is a former UFC top contender who obtained an overall record of (9-4) with the promotion and also a former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion.
MacDonald started his training with David Lea at age of 14 and his fight team Toshido Fighting Arts Academy out of Kelowna, B.C. He moved to Montreal and joined Tristar Gym, home of former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, after his loss to Carlos Condit.
MacDonald made his professional debut at the age of sixteen winning against Terry Thiara at an Extreme Fighting Challenge event.
MacDonald was signed to the UFC after compiling a 9-0 professional record.
He debuted for the promotion at UFC Fight Night 20 against Mike Guymon.Guymon dropped MacDonald with a right cross, before MacDonald quickly recovered, took Guymon down and won the fight with an armbar submission in the first round.
A rematch with current champion Robbie Lawlor took place on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189. MacDonald lost the fight via TKO in the fifth round. The back and forth action earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. The fight was considered an instant classic by fans and media alike with UFC President Dana White hailing it as one of the best welterweight fights in the promotion’s history.
MacDonald fought hard and tirelessly at UFC Fight Night on June 18 against Stephen Thompson. With a new stance, MacDonald battled his old training partner, and proved his strength and tenacity. Thompson won by unanimous decision.
On August 26, 2016, MacDonald signed a contract with Bellator MMA. After a year of not competing in the cage, Rory said he worked hard to hone his skills to come back stronger. He also had a child, and was taking on new father responsibilities.
In his Bellator debut at Bellator 179, MacDonald fought Paul Daley in the main event on May 19, 2017. He won the one-sided fight via rear-naked choke in the second round, proving he is a force to be reckoned with. Rory made it known he wants to hold two belts, welterwight and middleweight while at Bellator.
We are excited to have Rory as a part of #TeamEverlast and can’t wait to see what he does next!