Canadian combating legend Rory MacDonald has retired from the PFL 2022 playoffs after struggling a TKO loss within the first spherical.
After the loss, MacDonald took off his gloves within the cage, however did not truly say the magic phrases. Posted by his spouse Olivia on Saturday afternoon his post on Instagram Stories “Rory hangs up the gloves and [is] very cool with it. To a brand new starting.” Now the Pink King has adopted swimsuit along with his personal assertion.
“It is time for me to placed on the gloves,” he wrote on Instagram. “I am very grateful for this sport and everybody I’ve met alongside the way in which. I began this sport after I was 14 years previous, I bear in mind my first day and I do know that that is what I wish to dedicate my life to. Falling in love with martial arts and changing into knowledgeable MMA fighter gave me hope and a path to a greater life! I’m so grateful to God for placing Toshido MMA Fitness center in Kelowna in my path. It actually modified the course of my life and saved me!”
“What an journey this 17-year skilled combating profession has been. All of it got here and went so quick! A variety of painful trainings, I traveled everywhere in the world and met lots of people. I’ve realized rather a lot about myself on this profession, nevertheless it’s not good. I’ve made quite a lot of errors alongside the way in which however I am 33 now and I am so grateful that I’ve grown into a greater man due to these errors lol.”
Rory MacDonald joined the UFC at simply 20 years previous and rapidly rose to the highest of the MMA world. When he teamed up with Georges St-Pierre, there was quite a lot of confidence that he could be the subsequent Canadian champion. MacDonald by no means had a boring battle, however he by no means gained a UFC belt.
He misplaced his solely UFC title battle to Robbie Lawler in a brutal battle that undoubtedly ended the lives of each males. Rory would not come again for a 12 months, and he by no means felt the identical after that defeat. He leaves the UFC with a 9-4 file and wins over Nate Diaz, BJ Penn, Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley.
MacDonald continued his time within the UFC, going 3-2-1 in Bellator (capturing the bantamweight division belt) and 1-4 within the PFL. Though his PFL file consists of some very questionable determination losses, it is clear Rory is not the identical fighter he was again when he was terrorizing the UFC’s featherweight division.
“The Pink King” gave us ten and a half years of blood, sweat and tears. It was an honor to observe him battle and we want him all the perfect sooner or later.