If you had to pinpoint when the train finally went of the UFC championship rails for Rory MacDonald, it would probably be the night he fought Robbie Lawler.
It was UFC 189, and the battle waged so hotly and violently that afterwards – when MacDonald found himself broken by one final punch and cowering on the canvas – he was a changed man. Like, irrevocably changed. Like, he had yet to return to being the fighter he was.
Which kind of stinks, but these things happens when fighters give everything of themselves.
And now that he’s with Bellator, MacDonald says he suspects Lawler was on performance-enhancers for that fight (note: Lawler did not fail any drug tests pertaining to the MacDonald match-up). As per MMAFighting:
“He never slowed down,” MacDonald said. “I would hurt him and his output was high, high, high and he never really lost power and endurance. He just kept the pace and kept the power no matter how hurt or tired he was. He always was recovered very fast. It made me very suspicious.
“Obviously, I think Robbie is a tank of a person. He’s got that fire and that will and the rage and that anger in him that burns and pushes him through those hard moments. He’s an absolute warrior. I’m not disagreeing with that. But I do believe he was taking some sh*t.”