88.9
Decision
25:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, with Lima landing the harder leg kick of the round, and then MacDonald just clinched and held Lima against the fence for most of the round. Round one goes to MacDonald I guess, for hugging Lima for 4 minutes or so.
      This fight sucks so far. The second round had MacDonald dancing around the outside edge of the cage, circling around Lima, and Lima looked like he was just waiting to counter something. Lima was still landing some hard strikes, but MacDonald is making it pretty clear that he has every intention of trying to win this fight by dancing for half of each round, and then spending the last half of each round clinching. Lima landed some big shots late in the round, so I'm giving that round to Lima, and have this fight all tied up going into the third round.
      MacDonald shot for another takedown 90 seconds into the third round, and Lima continued to show fantastic takedown defense, as he stuffed the shot, and then punched MacDonald in the head repeatedly. This entire fight still just feels like a circle jerk. They're both circling around each other, with Lima controlling the center of the cage, and neither fighter is trying to do any damage. I think Lima has at least TRIED to do more damage, so I have Lima ahead 29-28 going into the fourth round, since he's nullified MacDonald's wrestling, while landing the better strikes, but there's always someone that will score a fight for the guy that just hugs someone against the fence for 25 minutes, so... I don't know what to expect from the scorecards at this point.
      Lima nearly dropped MacDonald 30 seconds into the fourth round with a hard leg kick. MacDonald kept shooting for takedowns, and failing miserably. Lima's wrestling defense is on point, and he's still hammering MacDonald with random strikes here & there. Lima SHOULD have a 39-37 lead going into the final round. MacDonald's fighting style at this point is just fucking lame.
      They finally hit the ground in the final round, and Lima ended up on top. MacDonald went for an armbar from the bottom 2 minutes into the final round, but Lima slammed his way out of it, and punched MacDonald in the head repeatedly. MacDonald was scrambling for submissions, but Lima should already be ahead on the scorecards, and he did far more damage on the ground in the final round. I scored this fight 49-46 for Douglas Lima, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, and he's the tournament Champion, as well as the new Bellator Welterweight Champion.
89.8
Decision
25:00
      The first couple of rounds were pretty close and somewhat uneventful. MacDonald really started to lay it on heavily in the third round with a hard slam, and some decent ground & pound, while Gracie seemed like maybe he was slowing down a big. I'm going to say MacDonald is ahead 29-28 going into the Championship rounds. The first two rounds could maybe go either way though.
      The fourth round had MacDonald beating up Gracie with his boxing. Gracie tried to take him down, but MacDonald did a fantastic job staying on his feet. Round 4 goes to MacDonald, and he's clearly taking a bit of a lead going into the final round. I have MacDonald ahead 39-37 at this point.
      Gracie finally took down MacDonald a minute into the final round, and passed to full mount. He had him completely flattened out with a tight full mount. MacDonald was somehow able to achieve half guard at least with 2 minutes left in the round. MacDonald was able to stay out of danger until the end of the round, leading to the clear cut unanimous decision victory for Rory MacDonald.
89.2
Draw (Majority)
25:00
      Fitch scored his first takedown 50 seconds into the opening round, pinning MacDonald against the fence. MacDonald fought him off with a Kimura attempt, so they reset 2 minutes into the round. They traded some strikes, and then Fitch scored another takedown with a minute left in the round. Round one probably goes to Fitch.
      Fitch put some serious effort into taking down MacDonald again in the second round, but MacDonald did a good job staying on his feet, while picking apart Fitch with his striking. Fitch eventually started fighting back, and then took down MacDonald with a minute left, MacDonald popped back up, and then took down Fitch to finish the round. Round two goes to MacDonald.
      The third round started with Fitch digging for another takedown, as he pinned MacDonald against the fence 45 seconds into the round, and continued to chip away with some short punches on the ground. Fitch should have a 29-28 lead after the third round.
      Fitch continued to dig for desperate takedowns in the fourth round, while MacDonald stuffed his shots, and beat the shit out of him with strikes. Fitch finally took him down 90 seconds into the round, but MacDonald popped back up immediately. Fitch scored another takedown a few seconds later, and spent the rest of the round on top, beating up MacDonald. I have Fitch ahead 39-37 going into the final round.
      Fitch continued to wrestle the shit out of MacDonald in the final round, leading to what should be a 49-46 decision for Fitch as far as I'm concerned. The judges were all over the place though, with one judge giving the win to Fitch, two declared it a majority draw, sooooo... MacDonald moves on in the tournament, because he's the champ, even though he clearly lost this fight. That sucks.
91.4
TKO (Elbows & Punches)
8:23
      MacDonald clearly looks like he's fighting above his weightclass here, as Mousasi looks like a monster compared to him. Mousasi basically beat the shit out of MacDonald in the first round, picking him apart with strikes, while completely overpowering him. Round one was a 10-9 round for Gegard Mousasi.
      MacDonald dove for a flying leg lock or some shit to start the second round, Mousasi stuffed the shot, pinned MacDonald in the center of the cage, and then smashed his face in with big strikes. He passed to full mount 3 minutes into the round, continued to blast MacDonald with hard elbows and punches, MacDonald was a bloody mess, and the fight was finally stopped. Gegard Mousasi is a fucking monster, and MacDonald proved that he has no business fighting at middleweight. That was a good win for Mousasi though.
90.2
Decision
25:00
      The first round started with MacDonald pressuring Lima toward the fence, while MacDonald picked him apart with punches & kicks. Lima tried to fire back with a few decent shots, but MacDonald was clearly on offense, while Lima was mostly on defense. MacDonald shot for a couple of takedowns, and spent some time clinching, but he was having trouble getting low enough on Lima for a proper takedown. MacDonald finally took down Lima halfway through the round, dumping him in the center of the cage, landing inside Lima's closed guard. MacDonald dropped some heavy elbows & punches, while he continued to grind Lima into the canvas. Round one goes to MacDonald.
     MacDonald caught a body kick a minute into the round, and blasted Lima in the face with some hard punches, but Lima fired back while MacDonald continued to hold onto Lima's leg. They clinched, and MacDonald pressed Lima against the fence for a couple of minutes, and then the referee finally reset them around the halfway point. They slowly traded a few strikes, and then MacDonald kicked Lima right square in the nuts. When the fight started back up, MacDonald shot for a takedown, couldn't get it, so he blasted Lima with a hard elbows, clinched, and then pressed him against the fence again. MacDonald finally took down Lima with 30 seconds left in the round, but he couldn't hold him down at all, so the fight ended with MacDonald still pressing Lima against the fence in the clinch. I have MacDonald ahead 20-18 going into the third round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the third round, and then Lima clipped MacDonald with an uppercut, which caused MacDonald to clinch again, as he pressed Lima against the fence again. Lima tried to take control of the clinch, but MacDonald is pretty good at controlling the clinch, even though he wasn't really doing much of anything from the clinch. MacDonald finally scored another takedown 2 minutes into the third round, pinning Lima back in the center of the cage. The referee stood them up with 2 minutes left in the round. Lima spent the rest of the round picking apart MacDonald with leg kicks, and he even dropped him with a brutal leg kick with a minute left in the round. Lima then jumped on him and worked some ground & pound until the end of the round. Lima stole that round with the brutal leg kick.
     MacDonald immediately started the fourth round by shooting for a terrible takedown, Lima reversed it, and ended up in full mount in the opening 10 seconds of the round. Lima held onto a high full mount, with his stomach pressed into MacDonald's face, but he wasn't really doing anything with the top control. The referee stood them up with 2 minutes left in the round, so MacDonald clinched, and pressed Lima against the fence again. MacDonald's left shin is INSANELY swollen. Lima landed another brutal leg kick, and MacDonald used that split second to score another takedown, pinning Lima with 90 seconds left in the round. MacDonald postured up a bit and dropped some elbows, and since Lima did absolutely nothing with the full mount he had earlier in the round, I'm actually going to give this round to MacDonald, so I have MacDonald ahead, 39-37 going into the final round. This is a pretty interesting fight though, as MacDonald can barely walk going into the final round.
     MacDonald immediately clinched to start the final round, and he threw Lima down 30 seconds into the round, pinning him in the center of the cage again. There was a lot of blood pouring out of somewhere, I THOUGHT Lima was cut, but I think it was actually coming from MacDonald's nose, as he was bleeding all over Lima's face, and the canvas around them, as MacDonald continued to chip away at Lima with punches & elbows. MacDonald continued to pound on Lima until the end of the round, resulting in what SHOULD be a clear 48-47 decision for MacDonald in my opinion, if not 49-46. The judges were all over the place with their scores, but in the end, all 3 agreed with me, giving the unanimous decision victory to Rory MacDonald. That fight was another brutal performance for MacDonald, and it showed a ton of heart.
87.3
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
6:45
      MacDonald almost immediately shot for a takedown, and he ended up in Daley's guard, 30 seconds into the opening round. MacDonald passed to half mount 90 seconds into the round, and continued to grind on Daley for most of the round. He wasn't doing much damage, but MacDonald clearly dominated Daley with his wrestling for the duration of the opening round.
     They traded a few kicks to start the second round, and then MacDonald took down Daley again, 30 seconds into the round, this time passing immediately to side control. MacDonald threw some elbows, tried to pass to full mount, Daley eventually gave up his back, MacDonald locked on a rear-naked choke, and MacDonald wins his Bellator debut via second round rear-naked choke. That was a solid performance by Rory MacDonald.
91.4
Decision
25:00
      This fight started off kind of slow, with Thompson throwing a single side kick, and MacDonald looking for a flying heel hook, all in the first 90 seconds of the fight. Other than those 2 moves, this fight was all about bouncing around and waiting to see what would happen, like a game of Chess. After another minute or so, MacDonald went for the same heel hook attempt, and Thompson just stepped out of it and walked away. They clinched for a little while at the end of the round, which I thought Thompson controlled slightly. They broke apart and traded a few strikes. There wasn't a ton of action in the first round, and it could maybe go either way. I scored it for Thompson though, based on landing more strikes. MacDonald's heel hook attempts looked flashy, but he didn't get close to finishing any of them.
      Thompson continued to chip away at MacDonald with some punches & kicks in the second round. MacDonald tried that heel hook thing again, and failed again. He also shot for a straight up takedown, and Thompson stuffed that as well. Thompson continued to chip away at MacDonald for the rest of the round at a relatively slow pace. I have Thompson up, 20-18, going into the third round.
      MacDonald landed some decent punches in the third round, but Thompson was still outworking him on the feet in my opinion. They clinched, MacDonald fell to the ground, went for another leg lock, and Thompson stepped out of it again, but this one was closer than the ones earlier in the fight. That was the most even round so far, with MacDonald landing more power shots than the previous rounds, but I still feel like Thompson won that round as well, landing a lot more kicks, and the cleaner punches. He also looks significantly faster. I have the score 30-27 going into the fourth round, all rounds going to Thompson so far.
      This are looking a little more wild in the fourth round, with MacDonald still moving forward, while Thompson is blasting him with violent combinations. It looked like MacDonald hurt Thompson 2 minutes into the round, but he slowed down instead of going for the kill, and that allowed Thompson to blast him with some brutal combinations. The round ended with Thompson still chipping away at MacDonald with punches & kicks. So far, this is looking like Thompson is going to win this fight with a clean sweep. MacDonald is always super dangerous, but he isn't bringing enough offense in this fight yet. 40-36 for Thompson, going into the final round.
      The final round was an insane brawl, with both guys getting rocked a little bit, and after a brutal exchange, MacDonald's nose was busted open, Thompson almost caught him with a spinning wheel kick, and then MacDonald sort of tried to take him down or something, and Thompson ended up on top in side control. After controlling him on the ground for a few seconds, Thompson stood back up. They continued to trade, with Thompson beating up MacDonald for the most part. In the end, I scored this fight 50-45 in favor of Thompson, and I'm going to be irate if Canada screws him on the scorecards. All 3 judges got it right, and gave the fight to Thompson by unanimous decision. If this doesn't earn him a title shot, I have no idea what possibly could.
96.4
TKO (Punches)
21:00
      That was some of the craziest shit I've ever seen. Hands down one of the best title fights I've ever seen. Lawler broke MacDonald's nose early in the fight, and caused MacDonald's face to bleed like I've never seen, an actual river of blood was pouring out of his nose & mouth for the duration of this fight. MacDonald started to make a comeback late in round 3, throwing head kicks, and nearly knocking out Lawler. The fourth round was fucking wild, both guys blasting each other, looking for the kill, Lawler's upper lip nearly fell off, due to a brutal cut, and both guys looked like they had been shot in the face by the end of the fight. Fortunately for Lawler, he was able to finish the fight early in the fifth round, with a big punch to the face, I'm not really sure EXACTLY what happened, all I know is MacDonald fell backwards, and kind of waved off the fight, clearly he was finished. That fight was fucking amazing, and should go down in history as one of the greatest fights of all time. I am so fucking impressed right now, by both of these fighters, ESPECIALLY Robbie Lawler, for an insanely hard fought title defense.
89.8
TKO (Punches)
11:28
      This fight was ok. The first two rounds just kind of seemed to float by, somewhat casually, with both guys looking decent, but MacDonald probably got the better of most of the striking exchanges. Saffiedine showed some strong leg kicks though, and damaged Rory's leg a bit. The third round though, about a minute in, MacDonald threw a big punch, knocking Saffiedine on his ass, and then he followed it up with some turtle uppercuts, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Really nice win by Rory MacDonald, and I would assume this has to put him pretty close to a title shot, eh? (See what I did there? Since he's Canadian? Eh?)
90.2
Decision
15:00
      Well, that kind of sucks, because I wanted Woodley to knockout MacDonald, but I have to give MacDonald credit, he beat Woodley's ass for 15 minutes. Woodley had a few moments where he landed some really hard leg kicks, and some really hard punches, but MacDonald's technical skills were able to pick apart Woodley, and then he took him to the ground in the third round, and beat the shit out of him until the third round eventually ended. MacDonald looked really good in this fight, and Woodley looked scared.
91.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight was nuts! Demian Maia dominated MacDonald in the first round, taking him to the ground, and 100% making him look foolish on the ground, holding him down, and landing TONS of strikes, while MacDonald only landed a couple of strikes in the entire round. The second round was 100% MacDonald though, as he was able to keep the fight standing, Maia looked like he was falling asleep, and MacDonald beat his ass for the entire round. The third round was very close, Maia secured a takedown, which I thought might win him the fight, UNTIL MacDonald got back up, and kicked the shit out of Maia for the last couple of minutes of the fight. Amazing win by Rory MacDonald.
90.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty badass fight. Robbie Lawler kicked MacDonald's ass in the first round, with brutal punches & leg kicks. The second round was all MacDonald, taking Lawler to the ground, controlling him, and pounding on him a bit. The third round was BASICALLY all Lawler, beating MacDonald's ass some more, until the very end, where MacDonald was able to get one last takedown, followed by some more ground & pound. In the end, I gave the fight to Robbie Lawler, but it was close, so I think a split-decision was a good outcome. I'm really glad Lawler won though!
85.6
Decision
15:00
      Wow... 2 Top 10 fighters at 170, this should have been extremely exciting, and this was one of the most boring ass fights I've seen in a while. In the end, after 3 rounds of jabbing Ellenberger in the face, and after getting taken down late in the third round, Rory MacDonald wins via unanimous decision. This fight was a bullshit co-main event.
90.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight was kind of embarassing for BJ. I never thought I would compare BJ Penn to Ken Shamrock, but this fight reminded me of the Shamrock vs. Franklin fight, out with the old, in with the new. Rory COMPLETELY dominated BJ for all 3 rounds, hitting him at least 6 times as many times, he took him down, he just completely outclassed BJ Penn. Sorry BJ, but your performance blew.
94.4
TKO (Punches)
7:20
      Everybody was going off about how underappreciated Che Mills is (I honestly don't know who he is), so I was looking forward to watching him fight. Well, here he was, against Rory MacDonald, and he got COMPLETELY DOMINATED. Rory MacDonald took him to the ground, smashed his face in with huge elbows & punches, Che Mills face looked like sliced up bloody meat, and by the end of the fight in the second round, the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. I was kind of surprised the doctor didn't stop the fight between the first two rounds. Rory MacDonald is a beast!
91.5
TKO (Punches)
3:54
      Wow... I've been touting Mike Pyle as one of the best guys in the 170 pound division, and Rory MacDonald just made him look like a bitch. He was tripping him, controlling him, hitting him, constantly forcing Pyle to move backwards, until eventually MacDonald got him on the ground, and from Pyle's guard, MacDonald was able to land some punches hard enough to force Pyle to roll over onto his stomach, at which point he started pounding shotgun style punches to the face of Pyle, it almost made me want to cry they looked so brutal. Rory MacDonald is no joke.
93.3
Decision
15:00
      Holy fuck... The first round was good, MacDonald kicked Diaz's ass, but it was a pretty normal feeling round. The second round was more of the same, in favor of Rory MacDonald. The third round, he went fucking nuts, and suplexed Nate THREE TIMES, all of them lifting him above his head and slamming him down like a WWE wrestler, the dude fights like the Incredible Hulk. I've never seen anybody manhandle one of the Diaz brothers like that. Rory MacDonald is fucking scary, and as much as I like Nate Diaz, I'm shocked he lasted 15 minutes in there with Rory MacDonald. Dude's been drinking some Super Juice or something.
91.3
TKO (Punches)
14:53
      Man, this was quite the fight! Carlos Condit SHOULD have won this fight, but the first two rounds went to Rory MacDonald, because he was fighting like a fight-o-holic or whatever. Just nonstop movement, always coming forward, he really took it to Condit. BUT! The third round, Condit came out knowing he had to finish the fight, and that's exactly what he did. Condit beat the living shit out of MacDonald, leaving his face looking like a swollen prune. I've never been a fan of Condit, but his comeback in this fight was pretty impressive, and Rory MacDonald looked really promising as well!
90.1
Submission (Armbar)
4:27
      This was a pretty good UFC debut for Rory MacDonald, the youngest fighter currently in the UFC at 20 years old. Guymon looked like he was off to a good start, by showing some solid striking while standing, in my opinion winning most of the first round. Eventually the fight went to the ground though, and Rory MacDonald showed some really solid grappling skills, eventually faking an Americana, and switching to an armbar, for the quick submission victory at the end of the first round. Rory MacDonald is solid!