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Rory MacDonald

Rory "Ares " MacDonald

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  • Name: Rory MacDonald
  • Professional MMA Record: 18-2-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Ares
  • Current Streak: 3 Wins
  • Age: 25 | Date of Birth: 1989.07.22
  • Last Fight: October 04, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Tristar Gym
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 76.5" (194cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $481,000 USD
  • Born: Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Montreal, Quebec
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook
  • Head Coach: Firas Zahabi
  • Other Coaches: N/A

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Having trained at Toshido MMA in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada since he was a teenager, Rory MacDonald is unique among most UFC fighters in that he started training for mixed martial arts competition at a young age. Also unique is the fact that MacDonald made his professional debut at the age of 16—with his parents’ permission—and promptly won nine fights in a row, finishing all of them and taking the KOTC Canada Lightweight Championship and the KOTC World Lightweight Championship in the process.


MacDonald made his UFC debut in January of 2010, submitting veteran Mike Guymon in the first round with an armbar. His next bout saw him against Carlos Condit, former WEC welterweight champion.  Ares dominated Condit for the first two and a half rounds, before we saw the more experienced Carlos Condit mount a comeback of the year worthy performance and finish MacDonald with just seven seconds left in the fight in what was a worthy fight of the year candidate. 


Rory then had to pull out of his next fight after suffering a knee injury that required surgery, however, took the first loss of his career and the injury in stride and has since put together a three fight winning streak, defeating the likes of current lightweight championship contender Nate Diaz.  


MacDonald is talked about as one of the most promising young fighters in the world given his well-rounded and aggressive skills both on the feet and on the ground, the polish on his game considering his young age, and his finishing ability.  Ares was scheduled to take on BJ Penn at UFC 152, however had to pull out due to a laceration suffered over his right eye during a training session.  


On December 8th, 2012, MacDonald earned a unanimous decision victory over Penn at UFC on Fox 5. After his dominant performance over the former Lightweight and Welterweight Champion, MacDonald called out Condit, demanding a rematch of their UFC 115 bout to attempt to avenge the only blemish on his record thus far. The rematch was scheduled as of Co-Main Event of UFC 158, but MacDonald pulled out citing a neck injury and was replaced by Johny Hendricks.


Rory was then scheduled to face top contender Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fox 8 in July. MacDonald would come away with the Unanimous Decision utilizing mostly his jab to earn points and win the rounds. It moves him up the welterweight ladder but remains to be seen if he will ever fight GSP if given the chance. MacDonald's 5 fight win streak would come to a halt when he faced Robbie Lawler at UFC 167 losing a close Split Decision. He next took on grappling ace, Demian Maia, at UFC 170. Although he was dominated on the ground in the first round, Rory was able to stuff nearly twenty takedowns from Maia and dominated the stand up with leg kicks and rangy punches on the way to a unanimous decision. They were also awarded the "Fight of the Night" bonus. He would follow that up with a decision over Tyron Woodley at UFC 174.


Following his win over Woodley he would go on to finish Tarec Saffiedine in the third round by TKO earning a Performance of the Night bonus as well as finally earning a title shot. He will face the winner of the Hendricks vs. Lawler rematch. Dana White also stated that the bout will be on Rory's home turf somewhere in Canada.


UFC Entrance Songs

  • UFC 170 - Metallica "Seek and Destroy"
  • UFC 167 - Rihanna (ft. Calvin Harris) "We Found Love"
  • UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs Diaz - Lupe Fiasco "Lightwork"
  • UFC 145 - Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G. "Runnin"
  • UFC 133 - MC Hammer "U Can't Touch This"
  • UFC 129 - DMX "One More Road to Cross"
  • UFC 115 - Nas "I Can"
  • UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs Diaz - Jorge Quintero "300 Violin Orchestra"

Last updated 10.10.2014, 7:41 AM ET
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Rory MacDonald Welterweight Ranking History

Rory MacDonald MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:28 Round 3 of 5, 11:28 Total

Tarec Saffiedine
17-2-0 15-3-0

UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.10.04
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Metallica - St. Anger
UFC Fight Night 54 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tyron Woodley
16-2-0 13-2-0

UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.06.14
Odds: -120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Demian Maia
15-2-0 18-5-0

UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.02.22
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 ($50K Base, $50K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: Metallica - Seek and Destroy
#12 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC 170 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Robbie Lawler
15-1-0 21-9-0

UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.11.16
Odds: -430 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki | Walkout Music: Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
#36 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jake Ellenberger
14-1-0 29-6-0

UFC on FOX 8: Johnson vs. Moraga
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.07.27
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 ($24K Base, $24K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Carlos Condit UFC 158 2013.03.16
Reason: MacDonald Neck Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

BJ Penn
13-1-0 16-8-2

UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.12.08
Odds: -320 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $42,000 ($21K Base, $21K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.2 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Lupe Fiasco - Lightwork
Cancelled Bout BJ Penn UFC 152 2012.09.22
Reason: MacDonald Head Cut
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:20 Round 2 of 3, 7:20 Total

Che Mills
12-1-0 14-4-0

UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.04.21
Odds: -670 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $36,000 ($18K Base, $18K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki | Walkout Music: Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G. - Runnin
Cancelled Bout Brian Ebersole UFC 140 2011.12.10
Reason: MacDonald Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:54 Round 1 of 3

Mike Pyle
11-1-0 21-7-1

UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.08.06
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.6 lbs | Referee: Kevin Mulhall | Walkout Music: MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Nate Diaz
10-1-0 13-6-0

UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.04.30
Odds: -135 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: DMX - One More Road to Cross
#45 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
Cancelled Bout Matt Brown UFC 123 2010.11.20
Reason: MacDonald Knee Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:53 Round 3 of 3, 14:53 Total

Carlos Condit
10-0-0 24-5-0

UFC 115: Liddell vs Franklin
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.06.12
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $93,000 ($8K Base, $85K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Kevin Dornan | Walkout Music: Nas - I Can
#31 Greatest Fight of All Time
#5 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#2 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
#19 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 115 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:27 Round 1 of 3

Mike Guymon
9-0-0 11-2-1

UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs Diaz
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.01.11
Odds: -213 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $12,000 ($6K Base, $6K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Walkout Music: Jorge Quintero - 300 Violin Orchestra
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Nick Hinchliffe

King of the Cage

2009.09.25
Win | Submission | Armlock

Elmer Waterhen

King of the Cage

2009.05.08
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Clay French

King of the Cage

2008.11.28
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Kajan Johnson

King of the Cage

2007.12.15
Win | KO/TKO | Knee

Yoon Heo

King of the Cage

2006.11.03
Win | Submission | Choke

Quinton Moreno

King of the Cage

2006.10.06
Win | Submission | Choke

Jordan Mein

Rumble in the Cage

2006.06.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Ken Tran

King of the Cage

2006.02.11
Win | Submission | Choke

Terry Thiara

British Columbia Regional

2005.10.15

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