Rory MacDonald has decided to step away from mixed martial arts after a crushing loss in the PFL Playoffs last weekend.
MacDonald announced his decision on Instagram following a first-round TKO defeat in the million-dollar tournament semifinals to late notice replacement, 25-year-old Dilano Taylor (9-2). This loss left ‘The Red King’ with just one win in his previous five fights.
“My time has come to put the gloves down for good,” MacDonald wrote. “im so thankful for this sport and every person ive been able to meet along the way.”
“I started this sport as a 14 yr old kid, I still remember my first day and knowing this is what I wanna 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!” He added, before going on to thank the UFC, Bellator, PFL, and his fans for their support during his 17-year career.”
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‘Sugar’ Sean at work, apparently:
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On this day in MMA…
On the 15th of August, 2020, Marlon Vera handed Sean O’Malley his very first professional loss at UFC 252.
‘Chito’ would stop O’Malley at 4:40 of the first round after damaging ‘Sugar Sean’s leg with low kicks that dropped him to the floor, and finished him with elbows from top position.
O’Malley refuses to acknowledge the defeat as a loss, and insists it was a ‘fluke’ on Vera’s behalf.
Here’s the always level-headed MMA Analyst ‘The Weasle’s’ take on the infamous incident.