What is Rory MacDonald’s MMA legacy?


Rory MacDonald announced his retirement earlier this week after being kicked out of the PFL playoffs.

MacDonald came to the PFL in 2021 after a run at Bellator in which he won the welterweight title. But he went 1-2 in his first season in the promotion and lost in the playoff semifinals. This year, he suffered the same fate and was knocked out by short-notice replacement underdog Dilano Taylor.

After being denied a shot at the $1 million welterweight final for the second year in a row, the Canadian hung up his gloves. At 33, it looks like he has plenty of time left in the sport. But he had his first professional fight while still a teenager and has been fighting professionally for almost 17 years.

He cited this long time in a grueling sport as one of the reasons he is walking away from a career that included a King of the Cage title, 13 UFC fights, a UFC title shot and a Bellator title.

But in the past nearly eight years, “The Red King” has gone 5-8-1 and lost five of his last seven fights, starting with when he relinquished the Bellator welterweight title. So what will his MMA legacy be?

That’s what we asked our “Spinning Back Clique” panel of Simon Samano, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Danny Segura, as well as “Gorgeous” host George Garcia.

Check out their reaction in the video above and don’t miss this week’s full episode below.

“Spinning Back Clique” is posted every Tuesday on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel. You can watch the full episode in the video below.

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