SAN JOSE, California – Neiman Gracie doesn't understand Rory MacDonald's position after Bellator Welterweight champion questioned his future after his fight with Jon Fitch.
Having fought against the majority against Fitch (32-7-2 MMA, 1-0-1 BMMA) in Bellator 220 headliner on Saturday night, MacDonald (20-5-1 MMA, 2-1-1 BMMA ) that he is struggling with the mindset needed for MMA when it comes to inflicting harm on another person. MacDonald, who was credited with a title defense despite not winning, showed that jumping in another match is not his top priority.
However, it is in violation of the ongoing plans, as the match with Fitch was a round of opening matchup in the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. Just seconds after MacDonald made his revelation, he was immediately forced into a face with Gracie (9-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA), whom the promotion said he would fight at Bellator 222 on June 1
A doubt about whether the match will work on that timeline, but from Gracie's perspective, he cannot justify MacDonald's comments.
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"It's up to him (if he wants to fight)," said Gracie MMA Junkie after battle at Bellator 220. "I think he'll still hurt people. I saw him trying to hurt Fitch pretty badly tonight. I think it's bull (explicit)."
Gracie doesn't believe that the current situation even happened since he scored the match for Fitch. He said he had the challenger, who won the first, third, fourth and fifth rounds, and only gave MacDonald the nod in the second.
In the end, the judges considered it as a tie. And that way, MacDonald continues in the tournament. Assuming that the fight happens, Gracie says he sees a lot of mistakes in the champion.
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"Fitch showed how to beat him, I think, and I'm different than Fitch," Gracie said. "If I take someone down, I will not stand in any guard. I will go to goal and I will get a good position and I will end the fight on the floor. That's the difference."
Going forward, Gracie said that he will wait to see where MacDonald is on his fighting future and whether he will be ready to compete in just seven weeks at Bellator 220. He hopes this will happen because he wants the belt.
"I'm waiting for Rory now and I'm ready," Gracie said. "It's not up to me. I hope he's (ready June 14). He's the champion. I want to fight for the belt so I hope he's ready because I want to be."
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