Neiman Gracie on Rory MacDonald’s self doubts: It’s all bulls*it!

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Rory MacDonald retained his Bellator welterweight title after fighting John Fitch to a draw and thus qualifying to the next stage of the welterweight Grand Prix where he is all set to fight Neiman Gracie at the Madison Square Garden on 14th June.

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But during the post-fight interview, Rory MacDonald confessed to John McCarthy that he doesn’t have the drive to hurt people inside the Octagon anymore.

I don’t have that killer inside,” MacDonald said after Bellator 220, which took place at SAP Center in San Jose. “It’s really hard to explain. I hesitate a little bit now. I don’t know what to say. It wasn’t my best performance.

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It takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain, and I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore.” (H/T – Bloody Elbow)

However his future foe Neiman Gracie doesn’t believe what MacDonald said during the post-fight interview and said that the Canadian still wants to hurt fighters inside the Octagon.

It’s up to him (whether he wants to fight),” Gracie told MMA Junkie post-fight at Bellator 220. “I think he still wants to hurt people. I saw him trying to hurt Fitch pretty bad tonight. I think it’s bull(expletive).”

Fitch showed how to beat him, I think, and I’m different than Fitch is,” Gracie said. “If I take someone down I’m not going to stall in someone’s guard. I will go for the finish, and I will get a good position, and I will finish the fight on the floor. That’s the difference.”

I’m waiting for Rory now, and I’ll be ready,” Gracie said. “It’s not up to me. I hope he is (ready June 14). He’s the champion. I want to fight for the belt, so I hope he’s ready because I will be.”


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