Rory Reveals Why Fight With “Wonderboy” Was Most ‘Embarrassing’ Of His Career

Rory MacDonald wants to show the officials over at Ultimate Fighting Championship that he is worth the money that he was asking for before negotiations turned sour. MacDonald is preparing himself for one of the most important fights of his career when he clashes with fellow UFC veteran Paul Daley in the main event of Bellator 179 later this year.

MacDonald’s last outing in the octagon left more to be desired for the fans, UFC officials, and Rory himself. Stepping into the octagon, MacDonald put too much emphasis on being prepared for Stephen “Wonderboy’s” Thompson’s karate-based attacks instead of being loose and fighting how he normally does. MacDonald told Daily Star UK the bout was “the most embarrassing moment” in his career:

“Leading up to that fight I got so carried away with him being a karate guy and so unique that I needed to somehow do that, to identify what he was doing. I lost a bit of my own strengths and my direction as a fighter and ended up fighting a kickboxing-karate match with him. It was just disappointing because that wasn’t me in there. It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t an enjoyable experience. … Even if I go in there sometimes and lose and show heart, leave it all out there, I’m happy. That fight it just was kinda sour for me.”