Rory MacDonald Open to UFC Return After PFL Run

Published 01/29/2021, 6:06 AM EST


Former UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald is set to compete in the million-dollar PFL tournament starting from April 29. MacDonald signed for the promotion in 2019, but is yet to fight for them. PFL had no season in 2020, and that prevented ‘Red King’ from getting into action. However, the organization is set to start its usual schedule in 2021.

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Ahead of his PFL bow, MacDonald joined a Q&A with fans. He spoke about many topics including his future and if a return to the UFC is on the cards for him.

UFC comeback? Possibly. We’ll see. I plan on doing some of my best fights in PFL in the next couple of years while I’m with them, but you never know what’s going to happen after that,” said MacDonald.

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My upcoming fight is April 29 in, wait, I don’t know where it is yet, but April 29 I believe. That will be will be my first round of the PFL regular season,” he added.

MacDonald is looking to capture the PFL welterweight championship. He became a Bellator welterweight champion before and also challenged for the middleweight championship there. He ultimately relinquished his welterweight belt to Douglas Lima in 2019.

He registered notable wins over Neiman Gracie, Paul Daley, Douglas Lima, and more during his stint with Bellator MMA.

Can Rory MacDonald still compete in the UFC?

‘Red King’ fought in the UFC from 2010 to 2016 and challenged for the welterweight title as well. But, he lost after having one of the best fights ever in UFC history against ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler.

MacDonald has notable wins over Tyron Woodley, Nate Diaz, Demian Maia, and more during his time in the world’s premier MMA organization. He went 9-4 in the promotion. After that, he joined Bellator and realized his championship dreams.

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His style was reminiscent of that of welterweight legend Georges St-Pierre. The duo trained in the same gym and with the same coach, Firas Zahabi.

MacDonald is hungry, and the lack of a UFC title could spur him to compete at an elite level should he ink a deal with the UFC before hanging up his gloves. However, he needs to fight his PFL contract out first.

Will we ever see ‘Red King’ back inside the UFC Octagon? Let us know below.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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