RORY MACDONALD VS JON FITCH SET FOR APRIL BELLATOR EVENT

RORY MACDONALD VS JON FITCH SET FOR APRIL BELLATOR EVENT

The Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix will continue to move together with the last quarterfinal bout to be reserved, and I’ll offer my thoughts on this new matchup in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch, Bellator
Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald will put his belt on the line from the quarterfinals of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix if he takes on Jon Fitch at a yet-to-be-named event set for April 27 at San Jose, California. Marc Raimondi of all MMAFighting.com broke the news. Here is the fourth and final quarterfinal bout in the tournament. Douglas Lima conquer Andrey Koreshkov within their trilogy fight and Nieman Gracie upset Ed Ruth in another quartefinal matchups completed thus far, with all the Michael Page vs. Paul Daley struggle set to take place in February. The winner of MacDonald vs. Fitch will take on Gracie on the side of the bracket’s semifinals, while Lima will combat the winer of Page vs. Daley.
MacDonald (20-5) is 2-1 so much in Bellator. In his first two Bellator fights, he looked like one of the greatest fighters in the world as he filed Daley and beat Lima more than five rounds to win the welterweight title. He then moved up in his final bout when he took on Gegard Mousasi in his bid to be a rare Bellator double champion. But MacDonald got defeated in that struggle, losing via second-round TKO. MacDonald will have had six months between the Mousasi and Fitch fights, therefore he should be good to go health-wise. But the fact that he took so much damage against Mousasi is painful. Then again, MacDonald was fighting up a weight class for the very first time. At welterweight, he’s clearly among the best in the world, and he owns a dominant win over present UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Fitch (31-7-1) has quietly made a run at the dusk of his profession. Currently 40, Fitch is riding a five-fight win series at the minute which comprises a dominant win over Daley within his Bellator debut. As well, Fitch holds noteworthy wins over Jake Shields and Yushin Okami throughout his latest win series, and he was the PFL welterweight champion before signing with Bellator. Since getting cut by the UFC in 2013, Fitch has gone 7-2 in WSOF, PFL and Bellator. He’s no longer among the game’s elite welterweights such as he had been a decade ago, but he has a solid wrestling foundation that can get him his hand raised.
Having said that, this is MacDonald’s fight to lose. He should possess the takedown defense to keep the fight on the feet, and at the standup there’s no question MacDonald is the superior fighter. Fitch has not won a fight by knockout since 2006, therefore he appears to have no route to victory in this bout if he can’t get it into the floor. Despite the reduction to Mousasi, I would still peg MacDonald about a -500 favorite to defend his belt against Fitch and proceed on into the next round of this championship.
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