Dana White has stressed his belief that Rory MacDonald truly left a piece of himself inside the octagon after his showdown with Robbie Lawler at UFC 189.
It was as vicious a contest as you could ever imagine seeing. A pair of welterweights who were not willing to give each other a moment of rest as the momentum of the fight swung wildly and unpredictably.
It wasn’t the chin of MacDonald that failed him in the end, but rather the nose, as the ruthless champion who stood before him beat him down and left him with a scarlet mask by the time the fifth round came about.
In the time since, MacDonald has had varying degrees of success – but has often looked like the world-beater has always been pegged to be.
That being said, his draw against Jon Fitch in the quarter-final of the Bellator welterweight grand-prix – a fight that Rory was almost unanimously picked to win – left many fans with cause for concern, not just due to the performance, but also due to some post-fight comments made by The Red King that left many questioning his commitment to fighting.
Dana White is a man who has dealt with many fighters over the course of his time as head-honcho at the UFC and has often been credited with knowing exactly when the time is right for a fighter to move on.
Speaking during a recent appearance on MMA on SiriusXM, the UFC president, when asked about handling athletes who are in the process of retiring or seemingly on the decline, used the example of the Tristar standout as a fighter who he felt had already given his best to the UFC upon moving on.
“Yea, I think that it is a different situation in that because guys say they want to retire or do whatever and then just walk away.
“And then there’s guys that I let go of, or girls that I let go of, because I think that it is time. You know, but there are other places they can go and make money.
But yea I think that Rory (MacDonald) is not the same guy he was going into the Robbie Lawler fight.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena