Rory MacDonald’s move up to 185 pounds to take on Bellator MMA middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206 on Sept. 29 didn’t go as planned, as the “Red King” got manhandled by his larger opponent before losing by a brutal second round TKO and suffering another nose break in the process.
Despite the nature of the loss to Mousasi, the 29-year-old doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines for long and according to Bellator President Scott Coker, is itching to make a return as soon as possible.
At the Bellator 208 press conference, Coker spoke about his welterweight champion’s desire to return quickly and how he’s trying to convince the former Ultimate Fighting Championship standout to heal up before rushing back to compete (via MMA Junkie).
“Rory’s been texting me every day, and he’s been keeping me updated,” Coker said. “He’s the kind of fighter that wants to fight tomorrow. If you ask me, he’ll fight sometime in February. If you ask him he’ll fight sometime in January. I think we have to just help him take a skip and just put the brakes on this, Rory. It’s fine. We can wait another three or four weeks for your nose to heal and due time to heal and come back and be 100 percent.”
MacDonald will face another UFC veteran in Jon Fitch as part of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix with the “Red King’s” welterweight belt up for grabs.