Rory MacDonald was pounded out and completely outclassed by Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi on Saturday night.
The size difference was very noticeable in the fight and proved to be too much for Macdonald who was devastated by stiff jabs to his surgically repaired nose. MacDonald’s nose was most famously destroyed in his fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in July of 2015. MacDonald’s nose has been a problem ever since the fight with Lawler.
MacDonald’s undoing was a roll for a kneebar. Mousasi calmly went into MacDonald’s guard and turned the kneebar attempt into one of the worst decisions in MacDonald’s entire life. Before the ref stepped in Rory was tapping to strikes which made the beating seem even more brutal.
Mousasi has been a great fighter ever since I started watching MMA and that was ten years ago. Mousasi has a record of 45-6-2 in MMA. Mousai is a multi-time champion in organizations like Strikeforce and Dream. This was a tough fight that Rory had a slim chance of winning.
The Champion vs Champion fight felt very special, but it left a lot to be desired and wasn’t warranted. Rory hadn’t even defended his at 170 pounds and went up to a totally different weight class to get mauled. It was a odd matchmaking if you ask me. It would have been a different story if Rory had a run of dominance at 170.
Rory has a take on all comers attitude that it this point probably isn’t the option for his career. MacDonald wanted to be an alternate in Bellator MMA’s heavyweight tournament…….hes a welterweight. If Christian Bale is the “American Psycho”, Rory MacDonald is the Canadian Psycho. I applaud Rory’s attitude to get in there with anyone but at this point, he should be more focused on taking winnable fights and trying to stay healthy.
MacDonald is scheduled to face Jon Fitch in Bellator’s welterweight tournament. MacDonald’s title will be on the line in the fight.
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