Fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, Bellator Welterweight World Champion Rory “The Red King” MacDonald, 29, successfully defended his belt at “Bellator 222.” He broke the undefeated record of his challenger Neiman Gracie, 30, of New York City, New York, United States.
Featuring 18 MMA matches, “Bellator 222” took place in Madison Square Garden in New York City. In the main event of the evening, Gracie challenged MacDonald.
The Bellator Welterweight World Championship bout between MacDonald and Neiman at “Bellator 222” was a Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout. Dan Miragliotta served as the referee.
After five five-minute rounds, the championship bout was left in the hands of the three judges. One judge scored it 49-46 while both of the other judges scored it 48-47.
In the end, Miragliotta raised the hand of MacDonald, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. This made the Canadian champion the first fighter to defeat Neiman.
Winning at “Bellator 222” improved the professional MMA record of MacDonald to 21 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Gracie now has 9 wins and 1 loss.
Gracie was the third opponent MacDonald defeated in Bellator MMA. The first two were Paul “Semtex” Daley, 36, of Nottingham, England and Douglas “The Phenom” Lima, 31, of Goiania, Goias, Brazil.
Born in Quesnel, British Columbia on July 22, 1989, MacDonald is of Irish, Norwegian and Scottish descent. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
“Bellator 222” marked MacDoland’s fifth Bellator MMA fight and has been reigning as the Bellator Welterweight World Champion since January 20, 2018. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship from 2010 to 2016.
MacDonald has been professionally since 2005. He is a former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion.
At “Bellator 222,” MacDonald solely represented Canada while Gracie was was one of the 28 representatives of the U.S. Brazil, Hungary, Israel, Japan and Peru were also represented.
Here is a clip from the “Bellator 222” bout between MacDonald and Gracie: