Sunday, January 21, 2018

If you have enough beers, it’s fun to imagine yourself in a high-level MMA fight. However, reality frequently intervenes. Such was the case when Rory MacDonald successfully challenged Douglas Lima for his Bellator MMA welterweight belt at Bellator 192 on Saturday night.

A shin guard suddenly appeared on MacDonald’s shin.

MacDonald was unable to walk out of the cage unassisted and was eventually stretchered away. And he won the grinding five-round championship fight.

MacDonald reports it was not a teleported shin guard, but a hematoma. He’s probably a little disappointed it wasn’t a broken leg. In all seriousness, it is excellent news that the tibia was not broken. And fighting through an injury of that nature is yet another testament to Rory MacDonald’s almighty heart.

The opponent and date for MacDonald’s first title defense is unknown, but an obvious choice would be Russian former division champion, 20-3 Andrey Koreshkov.