This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Rory MacDonald Turns 25

By Brian Knapp Jul 19, 2014
Many view Rory MacDonald as a future UFC champion. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight contender Rory MacDonald will celebrate his 25th birthday on July 22.

A former King of the Cage champion, MacDonald has compiled an 8-2 record since arriving in the UFC in January 2010, losing only to Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. The Tristar Gym representative last fought at UFC 174 in June, when he dominated Tyron Woodley in a unanimous decision at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Wins over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 winner Nate Diaz, former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn, Reign MMA’s Jake Ellenberger and 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist Demian Maia anchor MacDonald’s resume.

MacDonald holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under David Lea. He has secured 12 of his 17 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the period covering July 20-July 31:

JULY 20

Aaron Simpson (40)
Pat Healy (31)
Ryan Healy (31)

JULY 21

Vaughn Anderson (36)
Chris Leben (34)
Yushin Okami (33)

JULY 22

Carlos Barreto (46)
Mark Hominick (32)
Nate Jolly (32)
Rory MacDonald (25)

JULY 23

Georgy Kaysinov (43)
Akira Kikuchi (36)
Sergio Moraes (32)
LeVon Maynard (31)
Guram Gugenishvili (28)
Marcus Vanttinen (27)

JULY 24

Jason DeLucia (45)
Takahiro Kajita (38)
Mike Lullo (35)
Tim Carpenter (34)
Josh Sampo (30)
Bubba Bush (29)
Julian Lane (27)
Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva (24)

JULY 25

Tiequan Zhang (36)
Tom Niinimaki (32)
Eric Wisely (30)

JULY 26

Yukio Sakaguchi (41)

JULY 27

Drew McFedries (36)
Daniel Straus (30)
Julia Borisova (29)
Jessica Eye (28)

JULY 28

Dana White (45)
Cain Velasquez (32)
Ilir Latifi (31)
Darrell Horcher (28)
Gunnar Nelson (26)

JULY 29

Dave Menne (40)
Yoshihiro Akiyama (39)
Jay Hieron (38)
Matt Grice (33)

JULY 30

Murilo Bustamante (48)
Fabricio Werdum (37)
Marius Zaromskis (34)
Robert Emerson (33)
Jay Haas (24)

JULY 31

Jim Theobald (37)
Joseph Benavidez (30)
Uriah Hall (30)
Sergio Rios (26)
Aljamain Sterling (25)

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