PFL fighter Rory MacDonald recently shocked the MMA fraternity as he announced his retirement. The decision comes a day after enduring a devastating loss by first-round TKO to Dilano Taylor in the 2022 PFL semifinals. Rory MacDonald took to his Instagram page to announce his retirement. The former Bellator Welterweight Champion reflected on the memorable journey inside the cage and expressed gratitude.
Rory MacDonald pens a heartfelt note
“My time has come to put the gloves down for good,” Rory MacDonald wrote. “I’m so thankful for this sport and every person I’ve been able to meet along the way.
“I started this sport as a 14-year-old kid, I still remember my first day and knowing this is what I want to spend my life doing. The passion for martial arts and becoming a pro MMA fighter gave me hope and a way to a better life! And I’m so thankful to God for putting that gym Toshido MMA in kelowna in my path. It truly changed the direction of my life and saved me!
“What an adventure this career has been, 17 years of professional fighting. It all came and went so fast! So many painful trainings that are etched into my being, travelling to all parts of the planet and meeting so many people.
“I’ve learned so much about myself through this career, not all of it good. And I’ve made so many mistakes along the way, but here I am 33 years old a better man because of those mistakes, to which I’m very grateful I’ve grown up.”
MacDonald made his debut in 2005 and soon racked up 10-0 record. He eventually took his talents to Montreal’s Tristar Gym, where he trained alongside UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. MacDonald joined the UFC in 2010, where he won eight of his first 10 fights, including a dominant decision win over future welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
“The Red King” had his shot at the UFC’s 170-pound title at UFC 189 in July 2015, where he lost by fifth-round TKO to Robbie Lawler. In 2017, MacDonald signed with Bellator and captured a welterweight title by beating Douglas Lima in just his second bout for the promotion. He successfully defended his belt twice before dropping it back to Lima in the finals of a grand prix tournament.
Rory MacDonald also unsuccessfully challenged Gegard Mousasi for the Bellator middleweight championship. He signed with PFL in 2019, but failed to recapture his previous success, going just 2-4 that included the shocking defeat to Taylor that marked the final fight of his career.