Updated: May 1, 2019
Bellator 220 concluded with a main event between Rory MacDonald and Jon Fitch in the Welterweight Grand prix quarter final. The contest resulted in a majority draw decision from judges, which saw Rory MacDonald advance based on the fact that he is the current Welterweight champion. He is set to face Neiman Gracie in the semifinals, but it was undeniable that something had changed in Rory from his post-fight interview.
MacDonald cited God as his reason for having hesitancy during the fight, expressing that he did not feel the same spirit to be violent towards another person. ''He's changed my spirit, changed my heart.'' This honest self assessment has drawn media attention and raised the question of Rory's future in MMA.
Having heard this confession, is it safe for MacDonald to continue competing in Bellator when his heart is seemingly not in the fight game anymore? The psyche of a fighter is of crucial importance in their success, and the unforgiving world of MMA can see catastrophic effects on an individual through damage received.
The former UFC Welterweight contender is going ahead with the Welterweight Grand Prix, following a statement to fans that confirms he will not be retiring. The MMA community can relax for now in the content thoughts that there will be another chance to see the great Rory MacDonald fight in the cage once again.