Rory MacDonald retires from MMA after 2022 PFL season exit

Rory MacDonald has made the choice to withdraw from MMA competitors after being completed within the opening spherical for the primary time in his profession at 2022 PFL Playoffs 2.

MacDonald (23-10-1), former Bellator welterweight champion and UFC title challenger, suffered his fourth loss in his previous 5 fights on Saturday when he was knocked out by Dilano Taylor lower than 4 minutes into their semifinal playoff bout at Cardiff Motorpoint Enviornment in Wales.

His spouse, Olivia, was first to reveal the information of MacDonald’s plan to withdraw. He subsequently launched the assertion confirming the information (through Instagram):

My time has come to place the gloves down for good. im so grateful for this sport and each individual ive been in a position to meet alongside the best way.

i began this sport as a 14 yr previous child, i nonetheless bear in mind my first day and figuring out that is what i wanna spend my life doing. the fervour for martial arts and changing into a professional mma fighter gave me hope and a option to a greater life! and im so grateful to god for placing that fitness center toshido mma in kelowna in my path. it actually modified the route of my life and saved me!

what an journey this profession has been, 17 years {of professional} combating. all of it got here and went so quick! so many painful trainings which might be etched into my being, touring to all components of the planet and assembly so many individuals.

ive realized a lot about myself by this profession, not all of it good. and ive made so many errors alongside the best way, however right here i’m 33 yrs previous a greater man due to these errors, to which im very grateful ive grown up lol

i wanna thank all of my followers which were so supportive, i by no means received into the game for fame or any acknowledgment and its been laborious adjusting to consideration like that however i’m actually grateful to your kindess youve proven me!

thanks to all my family and friends which have gone out of there means to assist me stay out my dream of combating on the highest degree of mma, thanks for believing in me, and caring a lot, youve been so beneficiant and i like you you all.

thanks to the ufc, bellator, pfl for the chance to struggle on the world stage
and all of the employees of these organizations, youve all be actually cool ppl to hangout and work with, sorry you needed to put up with me being cranky and needy more often than not we spent collectively

thanks to my coaches and my coaching companions and managers!

It is a choice that has possible been brewing for a while. MacDonald mentioned a number of years in the past was beginning to have inside conflicts about his participation within the sport, particularly when it comes to shelling out injury to opponents.

The outcomes have slowly however absolutely taken a flip for the more serious since then. MacDonald has gone 3-5 over the previous three years.

Regardless of being simply 33, MacDonald has hardened a protracted and grueling run within the sport. He made his skilled debut in October 2005 as a 16-year-old and went 10-0 to start out his profession.

The Canadian received the decision to the UFC in January 2010, and after profitable his debut, pushed former interim UFC champ Carlos Condit to the brink in his sophomore octagon look.

From there, MacDonald racked up notable victories over the likes of Nate Diaz, BJ Penn, Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley contained in the octagon.

The turning level, nonetheless, was MacDonald’s Struggle of the Yr loss to Robbie Lawler of their title bout at UFC 189 in July 2015. He took a lot injury within the bout and by no means gave the impression to be the identical as he was earlier than it.

After making his UFC exit, MacDonald signed with Bellator and made his debut in Could 2017. He received the promotion’s welterweight title in opposition to Douglas Lima, however later misplaced it in a rematch.

MacDonald then signed with PFL, the place he went 2-4 with wins in opposition to Brett Cooper and Curtis Millender. He misplaced within the welterweight playoff semifinals in 2021 and 2022.

Story initially appeared on MMA Junkie

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