This past Saturday night’s Bellator 183 event threw up plenty of action and a number of talking points. There was Aaron Pico’s ‘KO of the Year’ candidate, there was Paul Daley’s stunning finish of Lorenz Larkin, an impressive Bellator debut for recent UFC departure Roy Nelson, and a somewhat surprising defeat for former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. But one of the most talked about things on Twitter that night was still Rory MacDonald’s turtleneck.
The former UFC welterweight title contender made his Bellator debut back in May, scything his way through the aforementioned Daley with a remarkable ease and setting himself up for a shot at the gold. He was forced to wait for quite a while before the title fight was announced, however, and he got rather impatient. But, last week, the news finally came – MacDonald will challenge reigning Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima on January 20th at The Forum in Inglewood, California. With Bellator 183 taking place just days after the announcement, the promotion obviously thought the event was a good opportunity to bring the two fighters together for a face-off and so they did. It wasn’t particularly eventful, or chock full of trash-talk, but at least it had the turtleneck – pure Rory, bizarre, slightly unsettling yet bloody magnificent. It was also a fitting sequel to Bellator’s other infamous garment, ‘Fedor’s jumper.’
— C.J. Tuʇʇle (@kidceej) September 24, 2017
— Matty Gunner (@MattyGunner) September 25, 2017
— Chris Hunt (@hunt5588) September 25, 2017
Rory MacDonald in a black turtleneck about to do some close-up magic. #bellator
— Kevin Seccia (@kevinseccia) September 24, 2017
Rory MacDonald out here looking like a slightly less ruthless Steve Jobs in that black turtleneck
— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) September 24, 2017
Rory MacDonald just walked by wearing a black turtleneck looking like a damn Bond villain. #Bellator183
— Eric Luna (@EricAKAMuayThai) September 24, 2017
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) September 26, 2017
Only serial killers and professional wrestlers can pull off a turtleneck.
— Bryant White (@BJMMA31) September 26, 2017
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) September 25, 2017
I think that @rory_macdonald in his "serial killer" turtleneck will be great ?
— Bartosz Cieśla (@bartosz_ciesla) September 25, 2017
Just as magnificent, however, was a recent comment made by Rory’s New Year’s foe, Lima.
“I thought he was going to sell me an iPad,” the 29-year-old Brazilian veteran told MMAJunkie, obviously referring to the similarities between his opponent’s attire and garments often worn by Steve Jobs.
“When it went viral, I thought I had the better looks. I’m the one who should have gone viral,” Lima added with a laugh.
When the two meet on January 20th, however, it will be no fashion contest. Lima will be looking to make the second successful defence of his second reign as Bellator champ and to score his ninth win in ten fights. While MacDonald will be looking to finally secure his first major championship belt.