Rory MacDonald may have defended his Bellator welterweight title with a majority draw against Jon Fitch on Saturday night, but he is questioning his future in mixed martial arts.
The Red King just about held onto his belt with one judge scoring the contest to Fitch and the other two declaring it a draw, meaning the title does not change hands and MacDonald advances to the Welterweight Grand Prix semi-finals.
However, the 29-year-old admits that there was something missing in his performance and that he might not have it in him to fight in the cage anymore.
‘I landed some good stuff in there, but something, it’s hard to pull the trigger now, I guess,’ a confused MacDonald said after the fight.
‘I don’t have that killer inside, it’s really hard to explain, but I hesitate now a little bit. it wasn’t my best performance.
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‘I’m changing as a man, I feel like God has really called me the last little while, he’s changed my spirit, changed my heart.
‘It takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain, I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore, I don’t know what it is.
‘It’s confusing but I know the Lord has something in store for me, he was speaking to me in here tonight and it’s a different feeling.
MacDonald is now expected to face Neiman Gracie in the Grand Prix semi-finals although he admits that he is going to go away and think about his options.
‘I have to get out of here and reevaluate, we’ll see what happens,’ the Canadian continued.
‘Tonight there was a mix of emotions in there, I landed some good stuff but there was something different.’
If MacDonald does indeed face submission specialist Gracie then the winner will go on to fight either Douglas Lima or Michael ‘Venom’ Page in the finals.