Rory MacDonald (fighter)

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Rory MacDonald
Rory macdonald 2012.jpg
BornRory MacDonald
(1989-07-22) July 22, 1989 (age 25)
Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
Other namesRed King [1]
NationalityCanadian
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach76.0 in (193 cm)[2]
StyleBoxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Fighting out ofMontreal, Quebec, Canada
TeamTristar Gym
RankBlack belt in no gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu under David Lea[3][4]
Years active2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total20
Wins18
By knockout7
By submission6
By decision5
Losses2
By knockout1
By submission0
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 28, 2013
 
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Rory MacDonald
Rory macdonald 2012.jpg
BornRory MacDonald
(1989-07-22) July 22, 1989 (age 25)
Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
Other namesRed King [1]
NationalityCanadian
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach76.0 in (193 cm)[2]
StyleBoxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Fighting out ofMontreal, Quebec, Canada
TeamTristar Gym
RankBlack belt in no gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu under David Lea[3][4]
Years active2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total20
Wins18
By knockout7
By submission6
By decision5
Losses2
By knockout1
By submission0
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 28, 2013

Rory Joseph MacDonald[5] (born July 22, 1989) is a Canadian mixed martial artist currently signed with the UFC fighting in the welterweight division. He is a former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion. As of June 29, 2014, he is the #2 contender in official UFC welterweight rankings[6] and ranked the #3 welterweight in the world by Sherdog.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

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.

King of the Cage[edit]

He then moved to 2–0, by beating Ken Tran in his King of the Cage (KOTC) debut. He won a fight in Rumble in the Cage and then signed exclusively with King of the Cage. He won two fights after signing and was then rewarded with a shot at the KOTC Canadian Lightweight title, against Kajan Johnson, which MacDonald won. MacDonald then was awarded a shot at the King of the Cage Lightweight Championship, against Clay French, MacDonald knocked him out in the second round. After the fight MacDonald moved up to welterweight and successfully defeated Elmer Waterhen by first round armbar.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

MacDonald was signed to the UFC after compiling a 9-0 professional record.[9]

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.[10]

MacDonald lost to Carlos Condit via third-round TKO at UFC 115[11] in a bout that earned the Fight of the Night award. MacDonald was competitive in the first two rounds using effective striking and taking Condit down three times. Condit came back with a more aggressive attitude in the final round and finished MacDonald with a combination of elbows and punches. After the fight, the judges' scorecards were revealed and showed that had MacDonald not been finished in the last seven seconds, he would have picked up a split decision victory.[12]

MacDonald was expected to face Matt Brown on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123,[13] but was forced from the card with an injury and replaced by Brian Foster.[14]

MacDonald was expected to face James Wilks on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129.[15] However, Wilks was replaced on the card by Nate Diaz. MacDonald dominated Diaz during all three rounds (throwing Diaz by German Suplex three times in the third round), earning a unanimous decision victory.[16]

MacDonald defeated Mike Pyle by TKO in the first round via ground and pound on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133.[17]

MacDonald was expected to face Brian Ebersole on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140.[18] However, MacDonald pulled out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Claude Patrick.[19]

MacDonald beat Che Mills via second-round TKO on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145.[20] After getting hit with hard shots in the first round, MacDonald took the fight to the ground, where he controlled the fight with his superior wrestling and ground and pound.

MacDonald was expected to face BJ Penn on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[21] However, MacDonald pulled out of the bout after sustaining a cut to the forehead while training.[22] The fight eventually took place on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5.[23] MacDonald dominated Penn for three rounds and won by unanimous decision.[24]

MacDonald was expected to face Carlos Condit in a rematch on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. However, MacDonald pulled out of the bout citing another injury, and was replaced by Johny Hendricks.[25]

MacDonald defeated Jake Ellenberger by unanimous decision on July 27, 2013, at UFC on Fox 8. He used his size and reach advantage to repeatedly land his jab, neutralizing the shorter Ellenberger. UFC president Dana White criticized the performance as "lackluster".[26][27]

MacDonald next lost a split decision to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167.[28]

MacDonald beat Demian Maia by unanimous decision on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170, earning his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[29] MacDonald almost had to pull out of this fight after stabbing himself in the hand while cutting an avocado.[30]

MacDonald defeated Tyron Woodley by unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC 174 in June, 2014.[31]

MacDonald scored a third-round uppercut TKO on Tarec Saffiedine on October 4, 2014 in the main event at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine, after out-striking Saffiedine in the first two rounds,[32] This earned his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[33]

Metamoris[edit]

On November 22, 2014, MacDonald drew Jonathan Torres in a grappling match in Metamoris V.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win18–2Tarec SaffiedineTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. SaffiedineOctober 4, 201431:28Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaPerformance of the Night
Win17–2Tyron WoodleyDecision (unanimous)UFC 174June 14, 201435:00Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win16–2Demian MaiaDecision (unanimous)UFC 170February 22, 201435:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFight of the Night
Loss15–2Robbie LawlerDecision (split)UFC 167November 16, 201335:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win15–1Jake EllenbergerDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. MoragaJuly 27, 201335:00Seattle, Washington, United States
Win14–1B.J. PennDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. DiazDecember 8, 201235:00Seattle, Washington, United States
Win13–1Che MillsTKO (punches)UFC 145April 21, 201222:20Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win12–1Mike PyleTKO (punches)UFC 133August 6, 201113:54Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win11–1Nate DiazDecision (unanimous)UFC 129April 30, 201135:00Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Loss10–1Carlos ConditTKO (punches)UFC 115June 12, 201034:53Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaFight of the Night
Win10–0Mike GuymonSubmission (armbar)UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. DiazJanuary 11, 201014:27Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win9–0Nick HinchliffeKO (punches)KOTC Canada: DisturbedSeptember 26, 200922:08Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win8–0Elmer WaterhenSubmission (armbar)KOTC Canada: Island PrideMay 8, 200911:27Nanaimo, British Columbia, CanadaWelterweight debut
Win7–0Clay FrenchKO (punches)KOTC Canada: GrinderNovember 28, 200824:26Calgary, Alberta, CanadaWon the KOTC Lightweight Championship
Win6–0Kajan JohnsonTKO (elbows & punches)KOTC Canada: AvalancheDecember 15, 200731:48Moncton, New Brunswick, CanadaWon the KOTC Canadian Lightweight Title
Win5–0Yoon HeoTKO (knees)KOTC Canada: IcebreakerNovember 3, 200620:19Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Win4–0Quinton MorenoSubmission (triangle choke)KOTC Canada: InsurrectionOctober 6, 20061N/AVernon, British Columbia, Canada
Win3–0Jordan MeinSubmission (rear-naked choke)Rumble in the Cage 17June 17, 200614:04Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Win2–0Ken TranSubmission (rear-naked choke)KOTC Canada: AnarchyFebruary 11, 200612:33Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Win1–0Terry ThiaraSubmission (rear-naked choke)Extreme Fighting Challenge 4October 15, 200512:11Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night MacDonald vs. Saffiedine". UFC.com. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
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  5. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/boxingnvgov/content/results/2014_Results/02-22-14MMA.pdf
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  8. ^ http://www.toshido.ca/index.html
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