MacDonald reports leg is not broken, mercifully
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.
Hey why is Rory MacDonald allowed to wear shinguards into the … oh. Oh no. That’s his skin. Dear god. pic.twitter.com/3rgHkhthvk
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) January 21, 2018
— Jonnyboy (@JBNeverDies) January 21, 2018
MacDonald was unable to walk out of the cage unassisted and was eventually stretchered away. And he won the grinding five-round championship fight.
Pissed at myself but thankful to God for another battle. @romac_gorilla you’re a warrior thank you! Can’t wait for the rematch! Thank you all for supporting! Thank you my team for an awesome camp! I will be back! Não foi o resultado que queria mais obrigado a Deus por mais um dia de trabalho e mais um aprendizado. Logo estamos de volta! Obrigado minha equipe e família por tudo! Simbora pro próximo! #phil413
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.
UPDATE on my leg- not broken, just big hematoma. it hurts but it will fade
— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) January 21, 2018
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.