See Twitter react to Rory MacDonald making a big return to the cage at PFL 2
After signing with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) in December 2019, and the planned 2020 PFL season being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rory MacDonald has finally made his PFL debut. And he starts off 2021 with six points in the PFL welterweight standings thanks to a first-round submission of Curtis Millender in the main event of PFL 2.
MacDonald entered the PFL off a six-fight stint in the Bellator, where he defeated Douglas Lima for the Bellator welterweight world championship. He retained the title twice in the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, battling Jon Fitch to a draw and defeating Neiman Gracie before dropping the title back to Lima in the final.
Like MacDonald, Millender is also a UFC vet. He scored a knockout of Thiago Alves and decision wins over Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada before losing to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Belal Muhammad. After being cut by the UFC, he returned to Bellator for a pair of fights, defeating Moses Murrietta and losing to Sabah Homasi.
The MMA community reacts to Rory MacDonald scoring first-round submission of Curtis Millender to win PFL debut at PFL 2
The two felt each other out to start things off, with Millender seemingly getting the better of whatever strikes were thrown on the feet.
Eventually, MacDonald went in for a takedown, and despite some resistance from Millender, MacDonald was able to score it and go for a submission attempt.
MacDonald managed to get to Millender’s back and locked in a rear-naked choke, forcing the tapout.
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