Michael Morales Torres from Lucha Libre Online had the opportunity to speak with former Bellator Welterweight Champion and former UFC fighter, Rory MacDonald, just minuted after his debut fight on PFL. Rory MacDonald is a future UFC Hall of Famer that has been active inside the MMA world for 16 years. Rory started his training with David Lea at the age of 14 and made his professional debut at the age of sixteen. With 29 fights on his record, Michael asked him about the reason for choosing PFL as his home over any other company. This is what he stated:
Michael Morales Torres: “After being on multiple companies like UFC and Bellator… Why did you decided to make PFL your new home and what’s different about PFL and its management from the rest of the places you’ve worked before?”
Rory MacDonald: “Well, I was a free agent after my time at Bellator and went out looking for my next place to fight. And obviously my biggest motivation was, you know, getting the best financial contract and PFL really stepped up and gave me a fantastic offer. So I’m very happy to be here. I’m also really impressed with the format”.
“I think it’s good for me to be more active. I’ve had some slumps in my career where I find once a year long layoffs and I don’t think that’s healthy for someone like me. I need to be more consistent. I’m going to be 32 years old soon and there’s still a lot of things that I want to accomplish in this sport. The only way to do that is to get in there, make it happen and fight”.
Rory MacDonald made a successful debut against Curtis Millender, defeating Millender via submission (rear-naked choke) on the very first round at 3:38. Rory earned 6 points in Welterweight standings. We want to thank PFL and their PR team for the opportunity. Don’t forget to tune in next Thursday, May 6th at 9:00pm (ET) on ESPN2 to see former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Fabricio Werdum, make his debut on PFL against Renan Ferreira. Thanks to Rory MacDonald for his time as well.