Name – Rory MacDonald
Current Age – 26
Record – 18-3
Weight Class – Welterweight (170 pounds)
Height – 6’
Reach – 76”
Team/Gym – Tristar Gym

Striking 7/10

An extremely talented and well versed striker, MacDonald was one of the first real “new breed” fighters to make his mark on the sport. “New breed” fighters are fighter who started their training in MMA at a young age and did not come for a specialty or traditional style background. He is explosive and dynamic while maintaining solid technique, but he doesn’t have the best defense. MacDonald has eaten a lot of shots – especially against Robbie Lawler – and that hurts his overall rating.

Wrestling/Grappling 9/10

While he may not come from an amateur wrestling background, MacDonald is one of the best functional wrestlers in the welterweight division; much like his mentor and teammate Georges St-Pierre. He possesses a powerful double leg takedown and has shown a great ability to shake off takedown attempts from his opponents.

Submissions 8/10

A black belt in no gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under David Lea, MacDonald is more than capable of ending a fight via submission. Between his tenacity and pressure in grappling exchanges ,MacDonald is tremendous at forcing his opponents to make mistakes.

Athleticism/Conditioning 10/10

In terms of natural athleticism, there are few in the sport on par with MacDonald. As an athlete, he has tremendous physical strength, balance and body awareness. On top of that, he is a tireless worker and that shows up late in fights where he is often able to break the will of his opponents.

Fight IQ 7/10

MacDonald is a very smart fighter and he trains under Frias Zahabi who might just have the best fight mind in all of MMA. But while MacDonald has tremendous discipline, his fight against Lawler showed that he can be taken out of his technical game and drawn into a dog fight. That showed MacDonald still has some work to do Fight IQ wise.

Overall 41/50

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