On January 20, 2018, UFC 220 aired on pay-per-view and featured Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou. This is a fight we will get into later. However, there was another fight that everyone should have watched on this same evening, but seemed to miss. Former UFC phenom, Rory MacDonald took on Douglas Lima with the Welterweight Championship on the line at Bellator 192.
Since joining Bellator, the expectations for MacDonald have been gold or bust. At 192, Rory claimed Welterweight gold, but it was anything less than routine. Douglas Lima gave MacDonald all he could handle during their championship bout. This fight really displayed how Bellator has bridged the gap between themselves and the UFC. There is no lower class fighter sitting around in Bellator, and anyone who says otherwise is just plain mistaken.
For fans that thought Rory looked lackluster, please realize what the fuck you are talking about. As Joe Rogan would say, "Douglas Lima is a legit savage." Matt Ward of The Weigh-In had to wear his adult diapers while watching this fight. Lima’s leg kicks are world class, and the knockout power in his hands is confirmed. It appeared as the fight went on, MacDonald may have once again suffered a broken nose.
("Adult diapers can be cool." -Anonymous)
On top of enduring what may have been a broken nose, Lima supplied a steady dose of leg kicks, which had a tremendous affect on MacDonald as the fight went on. In fact, in the third-round, Lima landed a leg kick that put McDonald down on the canvas. MacDonald’s leg looked like a wet pillow that was run over by a football team, wearing cleats. Fortunately, in round four, MacDonald was able to take the fight back down to the canvas, where he out pointed Lima.
(A wet pillow)
MacDonald said after the fight, "he’s the best guy I’ve ever fought.” This comment comes from a man who has faced Stephen Thompson, Tyron Woodley, and Robbie Lawler. MacDonald gave Lima well-deserved high praise. MacDonald once again showed his well-rounded skill by adapting his attack during the course of the fight. When standup did not go MacDonald’s way, he did not shy away from taking the match to the ground, where he outpointed Lima. MacDonald won by judges’ scores of 49-48, 49-45, 49-46.
For MacDonald, this is a goal accomplished. He is now exactly what he set out to become: champion. We will have to see who Bellator lines up for his first title defense. Make no mistake, with hardware around MacDonald’s waist, and the path it has taken him to get there, this writer does not see him relinquishing his championship status anytime soon.
(Rory MacDonald - MMAJunkie.com)
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Rory MacDonald for Making Canada Great Again
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-Dustin Johnson, The People's Red Head